The study is based on self-reported data from patients with aortic stenosis, both those who have undergone surgical treatment and those without. Data are collected using both questionnaires and interviews, in addition to data from patient records.
Patient reported data from this group of patient will give us important information about how they live with the disease in the short and long term. The purpose of the study is to investigate factors affecting physical and mental health in people with aortic stenosis; both those who have undergone heart valve surgery, and those who are not suitable for surgical treatment.
Those who were not operated when they answered the survey will be followed for 18 months for treatment selections and survival. In addition, by interviews, we will gain a deeper understanding of how patients are adapting to living with a mechanical heart valve.
The study will give us important information about the need for follow-up in patients with aortic stenosis both before and after surgical treatment.
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