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Do you have aortic valve stenosis?

aortic valve stenosis
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Aortic valve stenosis also known aortic stenosis is a condition where the valve heart narrows and obstructs the flow of the blood from your heart and then onward to other organs of the body. I have been diagnosed with aortic stenosis but and I am waiting for appointment to see what is to be done.

When you have aortic valve stenosis your heart has to work harder to pump blood because of the obstruction and that weaken the heart muscle leaving fatigued and dizzy. I have felt like this for many years.

If you have severe aortic valve stenosis, surgery to replace the valve is often the treatment to follow. If left untreated serious heart disease may ensure. I was diagnosed with moderate aortic stenosis.

Symptoms for aortic valve stenosis/aortic stenosis

Aortic valve stenosis can be mild, moderate or severe.

The symptoms usually develop with severe narrowing of the valve but I have symptoms now at the moderate stage.

According the Mayo Clinic the symptoms include:

Chest pain (angina) or tightness
Feeling faint or fainting with exertion
Shortness of breath, especially with exertion
Fatigue, especially during times of increased activity
Heart palpitations — sensations of a rapid, fluttering heartbeat
Heart murmur

The heart-weakening effects of aortic valve stenosis may lead to heart failure. Heart failure signs and symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, and swollen ankles and feet.”

The symptoms of aortic stenosis often to not develop until the doctor detects a heart murmur which is an abnormal heart rhythm and then other tests are ordered to rule out heart disease.

Children and infants who have aortic stenosis may tire easily, have chest pains or show no symptoms at all.

Consulting with a doctor

It is time to see a doctor when you have any of the symptoms previously mentioned.

Causes

Several conditions can cause narrowing of the aortic valve:

Congenital heart defect

The aortic valve is made three triangular shaped tissues called leaflets. Some children are both with only one leaflet called a unicuspid and others will have only two the second one is called a bicuspid. Sometimes there are no issues until adulthood where the valve narrows or leaks. When this condition is detected the person must be monitored to make sure there is no damage to the valve or heart from that point onward. There is no known cause for this particular congenital heart defect.

Calcium build up

A buildup of calcium which is a mineral found in your blood may build up over time within the heart valves, this calcification comes about with age. Then when you have it you have what is called aortic valve calcification. The blood continuously flows over the heart valves and may leave calcium deposits on the leaflets of the valves.

The calcium deposits on the valve many never cause any problems but with people bicuspid aortic valve may end up with stiffness in the valve which leads to the narrowing of the aortic valve. Usually this stenosis of the aortic valve occurs in people over 65. But I have this condition now and I won’t be 60 until March. Furthermore the symptoms don’t usually appear until the age of 70 and yet I have them now.