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I know someone with aortic stenosis. is it a very bad thing?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Depends: It depends on the cause and severity. Many older persons may have some degree of aortic stenosis, which is a narrowing of the orifice of the aortic valve effectively limiting the blood flow the heart can supply to the body and making the heart work harder. For many, it is mild to moderate and may never cause them any issue in their lifetimes. For others it may progress to requiring a valve replace.
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Variable: It can vary anywhere from mild to critical. What did your friend's doctor say?

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How do I know I have supravalve aortic stenosis?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
CAT scan: Cta thorax, cardiac MRI will show if that is the case. As well as an echocardiogram to assess the integrity of the valve. True supravalvar aortic stenosis is a congenital anomaly usually requiring surgical correction during infancy.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What predisposes someone to aortic stenosis?

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Dr. David Miller
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Family Medicine 10 years experience
Age, infection: Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve. This causes a characteristic murmur heard on the right upper chest near the breast bone. It sometimes happens with age or after infections such as endocarditis or sometimes rheumatic fever.

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