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Understanding aortic stenosis and new treatment options

My mother, who had just turned 90, passed away recently of a condition called aortic stenosis. During a routine checkup about 10 years ago, her doctor picked up a heart murmur. After a series of tests, including an ultrasound, a heart specialist made the diagnosis. I’d never heard of aortic stenosis before, but learned that it’s yet another thing we can develop with age. It happens in about three percent of people over 75. Anatomy of the heart To help explain what it is, I’ll begin with a brief anatomy lesson. There are four valves in the heart — aortic, tricuspid,
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Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

For many summers, my parents would rent a camp for a week and host a family reunion. The older they got, the more they looked forward to connecting with their eight kids and multitude of grandchildren. When our week began, one of the first things on the agenda was to decide which night we’d have a lobster feed. Dad loved his lobsters and would do everything in his power not to let anything get in the way of lobster night. Not even symptoms of congestive heart failure.
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