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Dr. Roberto Rodriguez
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Aortic Stenosis (Overview)

Aortic stenosis is the narrowing and hardening of the valve that connects the heart to the aorta, the largest artery in the body. This causes decreased flow of blood from the heart to the rest of the body.


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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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Dr. Roberto Rodriguez
633 doctors shared insights

Aortic Stenosis (Overview)

Aortic stenosis is the narrowing and hardening of the valve that connects the heart to the aorta, the largest artery in the body. This causes decreased flow of blood from the heart to the rest of the body.


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How does the condition aortic stenosis occur?

How does the condition aortic stenosis occur?

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. ...Read more

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Managing Spinal Stenosis (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs for relief
Daily
Get an Xray/MRI if not better in 6 weeks
Once
See a spine specialist if not better in 6 weeks
Once
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I am not feeling like myself. What are the symptoms of aortic stenosis?

Several: The most common symptom is chest pain with effort or in more advanced cases where the stenosis has been severe for many years, decreased exercise tolerance, shortness of breath, light headedness and palpitations among others. Check with your doctor, the diagnosis is usually straight forward. ...Read more

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What's the sign in physical exam with which we can say aortic stenosis in a case is not severe?

Echocardiogram: In order to evaluate the severity of aortic stenosis you must have an echocardiogram. Several measurements are performed, including jet velocity and aortic valve area, that will determine the severity of stenosis. Physical exam findings are not consistent enough to be used as a determining factor for the degree of stenosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is a diagnosis of aortic stenosis made?

Echocardiogram: Physical exam can be helpful, but echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) is generally the diagnostic study of choice. Using echo, you can examine the morphology and movement of the valve leaflets, and measuring blood flow velocities, you can estimate pressure gradients to assess severity of obstruction. Cath can sometimes be helpful in assessment and may allow intervention in some cases. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with aortic stenosis at 45 yo. Is this young for this or not?

Somewhat: But not uncommon. Discuss causes and treatment plan with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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


Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more