Nearly 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from aortic valve stenosis - one of the most common and serious heart valve conditions.
Aortic Valve Stenosis occurs when the heart’s aortic valve narrows preventing the valve from fully opening. The narrow valve obstructs blood flow in your heart and to the rest of the body. With aortic valve stenosis, the heart pumps even harder to get blood to the body.
Symptoms typically develop when the aortic valve narrowing is severe. Some symptoms may include:
- Chest pain or tightness
- Feeling faint
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations (rapid, fluttering heart beat)
- Heart murmur
Causes or Risk Factors may include:
- Calcium buildup in the valve
- Congenital heart defect
- Rheumatic fever