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What is an aortic stenosis?

What is an aortic stenosis?

Narrowing of the: Aortic valve by calcification causing fixed restriction of blood flow out of the heart. ...Read more

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Aortic Stenosis (Definition)

The abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve. Progressive narrowing of the aortic valve means the heart must work harder to contract and "squeeze" the blood through a smaller and smaller outflow orifice. This will eventually cause symptoms such as chest pain, dyspnea, ...Read more


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How is aortic stenosis treated?

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. ...Read more

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What predisposes someone to aortic stenosis?

What predisposes someone to aortic stenosis?

Aortic stenosis: Aortic stenosis is most commonly caused by age-related progressive calcification of a normal (three-leafed) aortic valve (>50% of cases). Other causes include calcification of a congenital bicuspid aortic valve (30-40% of cases) and acute rheumatic fever (less than 10% of cases). Diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia may speed up the age-related calcification and degeneration of aortic valves. ...Read more

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Is aortic stenosis a fatal condition?

Is aortic stenosis a fatal condition?

If untreated: Eventually if it goes untreated. Once patients become symptomatic from severe aortic stenosis (chest pain, shortness of breath, passing out) then the 2 year survival is only about 50%. Therefore patients with aortic stenosis should see their cardiologist regularly. ...Read more

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What's senile calific aortic stenosis?

What's senile calific aortic stenosis?

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. ...Read more

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Can you have a baby with aortic stenosis?

Can you have a baby with aortic stenosis?

Yes and yes: You can have a baby if you have aortic stenosis. Your doctor would need to know this and take certain precautions. Can you (normal) have a baby (with: who has) aortic stenosis? Yes, there is a type of aortic stenosis that could happen in babies rarely. Talk to baby's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Surgery for someone with aortic stenosis?

Surgery for someone with aortic stenosis?

Sometimes: There is surgery for this but is only indicated for a when stenosis becomes bad and your overall condition matters too. Consult your doctor for a surgeons opinion. ...Read more

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Can having an ASD mimic aortic stenosis?

No.: The murmur from an ASD will be systolic but it will be heard in the pulmonic area. The symptoms will potentially be similar (fatigue, decreased exercise tolerance) but not until advanced shunting occurs which is unlikely. The long term prognosis is significantly different. ...Read more

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Can a person die from mitral or aortic stenosis?

Can a person die from mitral or aortic stenosis?

Yes: If severe enough, the stenosis makes it hard for the heart to pump blood to the body. ...Read more

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I need a straight answer. What is aortic stenosis?

I need a straight answer. What is aortic stenosis?

Left-sided narrowing: Aortic stenosis involves obstruction to blood flow out of the left ventricle (the major pumping chamber in the heart). Most commonly, narrowing is at the level of the aortic valve itself, but subvalvar (below the valve) and supravalvar (above the valve) aortic stenosis also occurs. Aortic stenosis may be congenital (you are born with it), or acquired. Symptoms depend on the degree of obstruction. ...Read more

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Epstein's anomaly and aortic stenosis, what is this?

Epstein's anomaly and aortic stenosis, what is this?

Congenital: Ebstein anomaly is a congenital condition affecting the tricuspid valve and its position inside the heart. Clinical symptoms are dependent on which structures are affected in addition to the valve. Aortic stenosis is a condition where the aortic valve opening is smaller than normal. This can be congenital or acquired. ...Read more

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Is it possible to live with congenital aortic stenosis?

Is it possible to live with congenital aortic stenosis?

Yes: Aortic stenosis varies in severity. It can be so mild that it has no consequence; it can be so severe that newborns are critically ill and will not survive without treatment. Even with the most severe cases; however, patients typically survive. ...Read more

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Are infants affected by mild to moderate aortic stenosis?

Peds cards: Depends on several factors. Recommend that you find a good pediatric cardiologist to talk to. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about epstein's anomaly and aortic stenosis?

Can you tell me about epstein's anomaly and aortic stenosis?

Valve problems: Ebstein's anomaly is a congenital (you are born with this) problem where the tricuspid vale on the right side of the heart is not formed correctly and often leads to a leaky valve / regurgitation. Aortic stenosis is where the aortic valve leaflets on the left side of the heart are thickened and do not open fully leading to a restriction of blood flow out of the heart. ...Read more

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Can mild to moderate aortic stenosis affects infant's growth?

Can mild to moderate aortic stenosis affects infant's growth?

Shouldn't: Babies with this diagnosis should grow normally. If the valve leaks a lot, that could be a better reason. First step is to count calories by recording the daily intake. Most causes of growth failure, even if the heart is the culprit, are due to poor calories. Take these results to your pediatic cardiologist and discuss it. ...Read more

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What is the typical lifespan of someone with aortic stenosis?

Depends: It is not just the presence of aortic stenosis, but the arrival of symptoms that determine whether the condition needs to be treated aggressively. With the development of chest pain, shortness of breath, and syncope, or fainting, the need for surgery increases. Otherwise, medical therapy may be all that is necessary for a long life. ...Read more

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What is the average life span if someone that has aortic stenosis?

It depends: If your valve is severely steno tic you have a life limited expectancy of less than 5 years unless it is corrected by replacing the valve. ...Read more

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Can having mental retardation be related to having aortic stenosis?

Can having mental retardation be related to having aortic stenosis?

No: Aortic stenosis per se does not adversely affect cognitive development. Not causally related, however, aortic stenosis and mental retardation are parts of certain syndrome, e.g., williams syndrome. ...Read more

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What would be the average lifespan of someone with aortic stenosis?

Vague question: You need t know the gradient across the stenosis. High gradients require valve replacement, as the left ventricle will begin to enlarge (hypertrophy) which can eventually lead to heart failure. Echocardiography and/or left ventricular angiography performed by an interventional cardiologist can define the gradient, then you both can decide on best treatment options. ...Read more

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Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more


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Sclerosis (Definition)

We neurologists employ the term to describe localized damage involving the central nervous system, and sclerosis means scarring. If in many areas, might be multiple sclerosis. If affecting the motor nerve cell, ...Read more