No matter what stage of life we are in, we all desire a full life. We take heart in these dreams for the future and its many possibilities. However, sometimes our heart itself needs extra care to stay strong and keep us raring to go… chronic cardiac disease like aortic stenosis, especially as we grow older, can be extremely limiting and disheartening. Fortunately, health tech innovations today are helping facilitate fulfilling futures and provide care for the young and young at heart, alike.
Innovations, like transcatheter aortic valve implants, help assist you in unlocking the next stage of life. These evolutions in MedTech today are not only helping us level up and stay on the track to good health, but also restoring hope in all that the future holds, by ensuring that your heart is in better hands.
Aortic valve stenosis, one of the most commonly found cardiac diseases in people aged 65 and older, is often seen in those with other chronic cardiac and health conditions, with advancing age being a risk factor as well. Furthermore, severe aortic stenosis affects nearly 1 in 40 people aged 75 and older in India. It is a heart valve disease that entails the narrowing of the aortic valve, restricting blood flow and making it harder for the heart to pump oxygen-rich blood to the body. This occurs when the flaps or leaflets of the valve, responsible for ensuring that blood flows in a specified direction through the heart, become too thick or stiff, due to which the aortic valve cannot open or close properly. The effects and symptoms of the condition – which may include palpitations, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, fatigue, swelling and chest pain, among others – can be debilitating and add numerous restrictions to a person’s life, to say the least.
Aortic valve stenosis is a progressive condition that should be treated and managed sooner rather than later, to mitigate the potential long-term effects – both for bettering life today and outcomes down the line. But what does one do when surgery isn’t an option? A breakthrough in medical innovation, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI), has provided a safer alternative to surgery for older and at-risk patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis.