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Am J Cardiol. 1996 Jul 1;78(1):97-101.

Natural history of aortic valve stenosis of varying severity in the elderly.

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Department of Medicine, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland.


In a population sample of 501 persons aged 75 to 86 years, Doppler echocardiography uncovered moderate or severe aortic valve stenosis in 8.8% of women and 3.6% of men. Severe aortic valve stenosis predicted a four-fold-age- and sex-adjusted risk of death within 4 years of diagnosis, and mortality tended to be increased also with moderate lesions; mild aortic valve stenosis had a favorable outcome.

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