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what is the average life-expectancy for aortic stenosis as?

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Dr. Roberto Rodriguez
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Variable: 50 % patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis will not survive more than two years.
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
Depends: On severity and specific symptoms. Prognosis is poor once heart failure, angina or syncope is present.

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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.
A 29-year-old member asked:

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.
St Louis, Missouri
A 21-year-old female asked:

How does the condition aortic stenosis occur?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
May start from birth: Aortic valve problems may start from birth if the aortic valve was abnormal due to a birth defect. As one ages, there can be progressive wear and tear of a bicuspid valve present since birth. There can also be wear and tear of a previously normal aortic valve in the elderly. Rheumatic fever can also cause scarring of the aortic valve in a child or adult.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How is aortic stenosis treated?

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Dr. Matthew Hennig
Thoracic Surgery 19 years experience
Surgery vs Meds: Initially aortic stenosis (as) is treated with medications, but when the heart begins failing due to it as well as a few other parameters, it is time to think about surgical valve replacement. This can be done either as a traditional open heart operation or in some cases now percutaneously without having an incision.

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