Dr. Oz: What is Aortic Stenosis? Heart Disease & Aortic Valve Surgery


Dr. Oz: Heart Disease

Dr. Oz shared the story of a surgery he performed on a man named Charles. Charles has battled heart disease for 20 years. Charles said he was never very athletic, but he did do light exercise, like golf and walking. Now, he gets very tired easily. It got a little bit worse at a time. Now, he’s waiting for an operation to fix it.



  1. jan carder says

    How would a person make an appointment to see dr.oz Is there a way that you would not have to crack the chest to do this aortic stenosis?

  2. Janet Underwood says

    I had aortic valve replacement surgery just a few weeks ago here in Kansas City. Like many people, I thought my very slight shortness of breath was caused by lack of exercise and getting older (I’m 66). I also had some swelling of my ankles but that’s nothing new. And a little dizziness when I first got out of bed, but again, nothing that I thought was significant. I was taken by surprise when I was told I had stenosis of the aortic valve. I think this can be a very deceptive condition. The symptoms come on slowly and become “normal” to you, so probably a lot of people are like me and think that they’re “just” getting old. I think the word needs to go out and general practitioners need to encourage patients to report symptoms, no matter how trivial the patients think they are. As it turned out, my aortic valve was opening less than .6 cm. When I was finally able to meet with the cardiac surgeon, he said that my stenosis was the worst of the day and got me scheduled for surgery within a few days. Mind you, all along, I really thought I was feeling fine. My cardiologist told me at my appointment following the surgery that I was perhaps within days and definitely within a few weeks of dropping over dead.

    By the way, the silver lining this cloud was learning from all of the tests done prior to the surgery that I have no artery disease and aside from the muscle being thickened in the left ventricle (due to having to pump so hard to push the blood through the aorta — but that should return to normal now that I have a good valve in there), my heart and arteries look great!

    On another note, Dr. Oz, would you please tell Dr. Fowler hello from me? He treated my diverticulitis and used his laparoscopic procedure to do a colon resection on me about 20 years ago. My cardiologist was interested in him when I told him about Dr. Fowler developing that procedure and how I was one of the early ones to have it performed on me, so I looked him up on the Internet and lo and behold, found out that he’s the Vice President and Medical Director for Perioperative Services at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. I appreciate both how he took such good care of me AND understood my curiosity.

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