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Aortic Stenosis

What is Aortic Stenosis?

Aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve opening, is one of the most common and most serious heart valve conditions. It restricts blood flow from the left ventricle, often impacting the left atrium. As a result, the left ventricle muscle works harder to pump blood through the narrowed valve and can become enlarged and weak. The larger muscle takes up more room in the lower heart chamber, reducing the space necessary for adequate blood to flow to the body, and possibly resulting in heart failure.

What are the causes and symptoms aortic stenosis?

Older adults are at the most risk for developing aortic stenosis. Age-related aortic stenosis can begin developing around age 60, but may not become noticeable until nearly 10 or 20 years later.

Aortic stenosis in younger individuals is generally the result of various birth defects that inhibit the proper growth and development of the heart and its valves.

Aortic stenosis does not always present symptoms until blood flow is severely restricted, and the condition can persist for several years before identification. Common symptoms that do occur include:

  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain (angina), pressure or tightness
  • Fainting
  • Palpitations or a feeling of heavy, pounding, or noticeable heartbeats
  • Decline in activity level or reduced ability to do normal activities requiring mild exertion
  • Heart murmur

How is aortic stenosis treated?

An echocardiogram, or heart ultrasound, is the first step in determining the severity and progression of aortic stenosis. These test results can help identify the safest and most effective treatment options, especially if there are no apparent symptoms yet.

Individuals with no or very mild symptoms may only require close monitoring and routine follow-ups. However, more serious cases often require valve repair or valve replacement surgery.

The medical professionals at CardioVascular Health Clinic specialize in valve diseases and disorders like aortic stenosis. They stay on the cutting edge in treatment and prevention methods, and are dedicated to providing attentive, personalized care for every patient.

Take charge of your heart and your health. If you are concerned you or a loved one may be suffering from aortic stenosis, or are experiencing any of the common symptoms, call CardioVascular Health Clinic today at (405) 701-9880 or schedule an appointment online.

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