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AS is often undertreated — one study found that 56% of severe symptomatic aortic stenosis (sSAS) patients referred to a cardiothoracic surgeon were not operated on.
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Increased hospital admissions and prolonged length of stay for patients who do not undergo treatment
Medicare severe symptomatic aortic stenosis (sSAS) patients who do not undergo treatment have an average of 1.9 hospital admissions per year and prolonged lengths of stay — 11.5 hospital days… [ Get More Details ]
Mean 5-Year Cumulative Total Medical Costs Per Medically Managed (No AVR) Severe AS Patient