Aortic Stenosis can be caused by many factors, including:
• Rheumatic fever
• Calcification of the valve—usually associated with aging
• Congenital abnormalities—defects present at birth
• Family history of valve disease, coronary artery disease, or a heart murmur
An aortic stenosis may exhibit no symptoms until the disease has already aggressively progressed. Once symptoms are present they can include:
• Fainting or weakness with activity
• Breathlessness with activity
• Heart palpitations
• Chest pain
If the condition is mild or moderate, it requires no specific treatment. However, most doctors will schedule the patient for regular visits to monitor the disease and watch its progression. This visit generally includes frequent echocardiograms, or cardiac ultrasounds.
If you suspect you may suffer from aortic stenosis, see your doctor immediately to obtain the best treatment options for you.