What is Aortic Stenosis?

 

 

Getting breathless very easily? Or unusually tired? 

These aren’t the inevitable result of getting older. They could be symptoms of aortic stenosis.

Aortic stenosis is an age-related condition that makes the heart valves narrow and stiff. That stops the valves opening and closing properly, meaning the heart can’t pump blood around the body effectively. Left untreated, aortic stenosis can lead to heart failure.

Because aortic stenosis may show only vague symptoms (or none at all), it’s easily missed. GPs can identify possible aortic stenosis by listening to the heart with a stethoscope but an echocardiogram is needed to be sure.

The right treatment depends on how narrow or stiff the valve has become, as well as age and general health. Regular examinations and echocardiograms may be needed to monitor the condition and provide supportive treatment. Or the valve may need to be opened, either through open heart surgery or a newer type of “keyhole” surgery called TAVI.

A cardiologist will advise you on the most suitable treatment.

Learn more about heart valve disease here:  Valvular heart disease | Connected Cardiology

 

This article is for reference purposes only – it is not designed to be, nor should it be regarded, as professional medical advice. Please consult your own medical practitioner for health advice specific to your condition.