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How do i know i have supravalve aortic stenosis?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 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.
Dr. Joshua Buckler
Cardiology 20 years experience
Echo: Ask your doctor to order an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart).
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Supravalvular: Supravalvar aortic stenosis should not be confused with valvar stensosis. Supravalvar stenosis implies lack of growth of the aorta itself and sometimes is associated with williams syndrome. This has a congenital association. Valvar stenosis and supravalvar can usually be identified by echocardiography but may require invasive testing such as angiocardiography.

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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 32 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.

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