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what is an aortic stenosis?

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Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
A valve problem: Aortic stenosis is a hardening of the last valve in the heart; this valve is the last thing blood passes through before it is sent out to the body. As you would expect, this valve is called the aortic valve. Symptoms of aortic stenosis can include chest pain, passing out and heart failure symptoms. The treatment of severe aortic stenosis is almost always surgical.
Dr. Joshua Buckler
Cardiology 19 years experience
Narrow valve: Narrowing of the valve leaving the heart which is progressive, has no cure besides surgery. Once at least moderate needs yearly follow up.
Dr. Roberto Rodriguez
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Small valve: The aortic valve opens when the heart contracts, allowing the blood to flow from the heart to the aorta which supplies the body. When aortic stenosis occurs, the aortic valve narrows, impeding the flow of blood out of the heart. If the patients develops any symptoms, surgical replacement is needed.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Narrowing of the: Aortic valve by calcification causing fixed restriction of blood flow out of the heart.

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Aortic stenosis --is it serious?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Critical aortic stenosis may result in sudden death, stroke.Organic heart disease, heart failure, heart attack. Echocardiography and cardiac catheterization are diagnostic.
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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.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What's senile calific aortic stenosis?

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Dr. Christopher White
Cardiology 43 years experience
Stiff valve: As we age, wear and tear on heart valves cause them to thicken and calcify. As this happens the valve become stiff and does not open very well. This partial opening is called a stenosis. It reduces blood flow to the body.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you survive aortic stenosis?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: The majority of people with aortic stenosis actually die from something else. If it is severe and untreated it can cause sudden death.
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A 18-year-old male asked:

Wha is a aortic stenosis?

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
Cardiology 23 years experience
Tight valve: Aortic stenosis is tightening of the aortic valve. There are more rare forms of sub-valvular (below the valve) and supra-valvular (above the valve) as well.

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