How to stop narrowing heart valves becoming fatal

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Aortic Stenosis and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation 

A narrowing aortic valve is one of the most common forms of heart disease and affects more than 4% of the older population. Without treatment, aortic stenosis often leads to chest pain, syncope and heart failure which can be fatal. The latest article on the totalhealth website outlines how this disease is diagnosed and can be treated without the need for open heart surgery through Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) and Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty.

Aortic valve replacement by open heart surgery is the standard way of replacing a diseased aortic valve. In TAVI a new aortic valve is implanted in your heart via a tube or catheter. This tube is normally…. (Read more)

Treating Peripheral Arterial Disease

Another disease developing as a result of narrowing valves is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). This common and deadly disease is usually symptomless until the patient suffers a heart attack or stroke.

Despite the fact that PAD is so prevalent it is often not diagnosed and even when a diagnosis is made appropriate treatment goals are often not set. This is a missed opportunity…. (Read more)

Knee Osteoarthritis FAQs

Is there a cure for osteoarthritis?
These treatments include analgesics aimed to reduce pain, anti-inflammatory drugs aimed to reduce inflammation in the joint, as well as various surgical procedures. AposTherapy, which was recently launched in the UK, is a treatment which…. (Read more)

Prune Juice FAQs

Should I consult my doctor before regularly drinking prune juice?
If you have digestive health issues you may want to drink less than 120ml daily. If you are receiving medication for a condition relating to your digestion.… (Read more)

What’s hip and what’s hype in hip surgery

The popularity of the hip resurfacing method of treatment has increased due to marketing and national press publicity, however, there are two inherent problems. Firstly, there is a risk of femoral…. (Read more)

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