Aortic Stenosis

Monday, April 25, 2016

Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the valve in the aorta. More than 200,000 cases are reported in the United States each year. Dr. Edward Hill discusses aortic stenosis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Aortic stenosis is the narrowing of the aortic valve, 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. But some people have a problem with their aortic valve that makes them more likely to get it earlier. 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 not need treatment if the aortic stenosis is not bad or if you dont have symptoms. Once you have symptoms, you will need surgery to replace the valve.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

Increased shortness of breath

Chest pain, pressure, or tightness

Dizziness or fainting

Getting tired easily, or

Ankle swelling

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