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how do you diagnosevalvular aortic stenosis ?

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Dr. Bradley Thomas
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Echo: An echocardiogram (often called "echo") is a graphic outline of the heart's movement. High-frequency sound waves, called ultrasound, provide pictures of the heart's valves and chambers. This allows the technician, to evaluate the pumping action of the heart. Echo is often combined with doppler ultrasound and color doppler to evaluate blood flow across the heart valves and provides the diagnosis.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is aortic stenosis?

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Blockage: It is a blockage of the valve leading from the heart. This can result in heart failure and a decrease in the ability of the heart to output blood to the rest of the body due to blockage in the aorta.
Dr. Tamanna Nahar
Specializes in Cardiology
It is thickening of the leaflets of the valves that ultimately restricts motion and prevents adequate blood to be pumped from the left ventricle to the rest of the body through the aorta.
Aug 17, 2014
A 52-year-old member asked:

I am not feeling like myself. What are the symptoms of aortic stenosis?

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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 32 years experience
Depends on severity: Have you been previously told that you have aortic stenosis which is diagnosed by presence of a heart murmur and an echo. Symptoms include, passing out or nearly passing out, shortness of breath, water accumulation and fatigue. Symptoms depend on severity of the narrowing of aortic valve.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

I need a straight answer. What is aortic stenosis?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Blocked valve: The aortic valve whidh is the valve leading to the body is too narrow and blocked. It tends to result in shortness of breath, passing out, or chest pain. The treatment is valve replacement if it is severe. The patient would have a heart murmur. Is that straight enough for you?
A 27-year-old member asked:

Want to get on with my life. How is aortic stenosis diagnosed? When can treatment start?

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Dr. Charles Pollick
Cardiology 48 years experience
Echocardiography: An echocardiogram with doppler will make the diagnosis. There is no need for treatment unless it is severe and causing symptoms.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What predisposes someone to aortic stenosis?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller answered
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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