Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Stenosis of the Aortic Valve Self-Monitoring

Self-monitoring for aortic stenosis includes:

  • Monitor your blood pressure
    • Learn how to take your blood pressure
  • Monitor your pulse
    • Take your pulse daily while you are at rest. Report to your doctor any pulse rates that exceed 20 beats per minute over your normal resting pulse.
  • Monitor your weight
    • Aortic stenosis patients who have developed heart failure should weigh themselves every day. Many doctors recommend that heart failure patients use a quality bathroom scale. It is best to obtain a weight at the same time each day and record the weight on paper. Keeping a log of daily weights is especially important for patients who may have difficulty with their memory.

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Last Updated: Nov 3, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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