Aortic Stenosis

Friday, February 17, 2012

Aortic valve stenosis is a disease of the heart valves in which the opening of the aortic valve is narrowed. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition and the symptoms that accompany it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Aortic stenosis is the narrowing of the aortic valve. The aortic valve is a doorway-like opening in your heart that allows the blood to flow from your heart to other parts of your body. This narrowing makes your heart work harder to pump blood. Aortic stenosis may get worse over time.

It usually happens in people older than 65 years. However, some people have a birth defect in their aortic valve that makes them more likely to get it at an even younger age. You are more likely to get it if you smoke or have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol.

There are usually no symptoms until the narrowing becomes severe. You may have shortness of breath, chest pain, and dizziness or fainting.

You may not need treatment if the aortic stenosis is not bad or if you dont have symptoms. But, your doctor will check your heart regularly to see whether the disease is getting worse. Once you have symptoms, you will need surgery to replace the valve.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.