An 80 year old woman is admitted with acute pulmonary oedema on a background of progressive shortness of breath with exertional chest pain for 6 months. She has a history of renal impairment with an eGFR of 40 mL/min. She is initially commenced on IV furosemide with good effect. An echocardiogram reveals LVEF 40% with severe aortic stenosis (AS) with an estimated valve area of 0.7 cm2 .
What would you do next?A) Add a beta-blocker
The patient has severe AS; therefore an ACE inhibitor is contraindicated. Symptoms are probably due to AS and therefore further investigation is needed to assess for AVR. Angina symptoms should be treated with a BB in the interim. CRT-D is not indicated as severe AS needs addressing and EF is not less than 35% (NICE Guidelines).