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Does alcohol cause aortic valve stenosis?

Does alcohol cause aortic valve stenosis?

No: Aortic stenosis is a condition in which the aortic valve of the heart is narrowed and flow out of the left ventricle is restricted. Alcohol is not one of the causes of aortic stenosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Valve (Definition)

A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more


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How does alcohol affect someone with aortic valve stenosis?

How does alcohol affect someone with aortic valve stenosis?

Variable: Like any drug, alcohol has its own pharmacologic profile and metabolism with acute and chronic adverse effects possible. If the aortic stenosis is mild to moderate or less, modest alcohol intake may have little to no effect. If the aortic stenosis is severe or critical, then instability of blood pressure or heart rhythm may result and create clinically important problems. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect someone who has aortic valve stenosis?

How does alcohol affect someone who has aortic valve stenosis?

Heart & BP: Alcohol can contribute to atherosclerosis, which can cause or worsen aortic valve stenosis ... But more importantly, alcohol can affect blood pressure and heart rate and can make the symptoms of aortic stenosis worse ... ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect a person who has been diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis?

Depends: How much alcohol are we talking about? In low doses (1-2 drinks per day), it would not have much effect, but if someone is short of breath before, it might even improve that. The main effects of aortic stenosis are fainting spells, chest pain and heart failure, and alcohol is not particularly good, esp in higher doses (> 2 drinks/day) for any of those. ...Read more

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What are causes of aortic valve stenosis?

What are causes of aortic valve stenosis?

Multiple: Perhaps the most common offending etiology in aortic stenosis in the us is atherosclerosis. Just as this can affect the arteries in the body, it can affect the tissues covering the aortic valve and then the plaque deposition and calcific degeneration of the valve leads to its problems. Rheumatic heart disease, not common in the us, is another common cause in third world countries. ...Read more

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What causes someone to develop aortic valve stenosis ?

Congenital, acquired: Bicuspid aortic valves are an anatomic variant seen in 2% of the population. They are prone to develop aortic stenosis. The more common is degenerative or senile which is seen in the elderly. The cause is likely multifactorial and may share some similarity to atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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What does aortic valve stenosis lead to?

What does aortic valve stenosis lead to?

Aortic stenosis: Aortic stenosis refers to the gradual destruction of the aortic valve. It is a progressive process that eventually leads to shortness of breath and lack of energy with exercise. Untreated it will eventually cause congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Aortic Valve (Definition)

The aortic valve is one of 4 valves in the heart, each of which separates 2 cardiac chambers. It opens when blood is actively ejected from the left ventricle into the aorta artery, to be carried to the rest of the body. It then closes firmly to prevent blood from flowing backwards, while it passively continues to flow forward to body's vital organs. When next heartbeat ...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