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Does aortic valve stenosis get worse with age?

Does aortic valve stenosis get worse with age?

Although some people have aortic stenosis because of a congenital heart defect called a bicuspid aortic valve, this condition more commonly develops during aging as calcium or scarring damages the valve and restricts the amount of blood flowing through.

When does aortic stenosis require surgery?

Mild to moderate aortic stenosis typically does not require surgery. But, surgery is necessary for severe cases of aortic stenosis. If left untreated, severe aortic stenosis can result in heart failure.

Is exercise good for aortic stenosis?

Exercising regularly is important. If you have mild aortic stenosis, just about any type of regular exercise is good for you. If you have more severe aortic stenosis, you should still exercise, but avoid strenuous forms. To stay safe, check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

What are the stages of aortic stenosis?


C1 Asymptomatic severe AS
C2 Asymptomatic severe AS with LV dysfunction
D1 Symptomatic severe high-gradient AS
D2 Symptomatic severe low-flow/low gradient AS with reduced LVEF

What does it mean if you have aortic valve stenosis?

One of the most common and most serious valve problems is called aortic valve stenosis. Stenosis can mean that the leaflets or cusps of your valve have thickened or scarred and don’t open as well as they should. So with each beat, less blood leaves the heart to go out and nourish your body. Over time,…

Can a child with aortic stenosis be made normal?

The valve can be treated to improve the obstruction and leak, but the valve can’t be made normal. Children with aortic stenosis will need treatment when the pressure in the left ventricle is high (even though there may be no symptoms). In most children the obstruction can be relieved during cardiac catheterization by balloon valvotomy.

What should the calcium score be for aortic valve stenosis?

In most cases, these patients present with a normal flow (stroke volume index ≥35/ml/m²), but low flow provides important prognostic information. To assess whether these patients truly present with severe AS, the calcium score should be measured using computed tomography (thresholds are 2,000 AU in males and 1,250 AU in females).

Can A strep throat infection cause aortic stenosis?

A complication of strep throat infection, rheumatic fever may result in scar tissue forming on the aortic valve. Scar tissue alone can narrow the aortic valve and lead to aortic valve stenosis. Scar tissue can also create a rough surface on which calcium deposits can collect, contributing to aortic valve stenosis later in life.

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