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Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve—the main outlet for blood being pumped from the heart to the body—becomes abnormally narrowed. In older adults, stenosis is typically caused by wear-and-tear and the gradual build-up of calcium deposits that stiffen and narrow the valve, keeping it from closing properly.
As the valve narrows, the heart has to pump harder to push blood throughout the body and this can lead to symptoms like dizziness, lightheadedness, chest pain, shortness of breath, faintness, weakness, and fatigue. While not all AS patients experience symptoms, three out of four older AS patients do; however many dismiss these warning signs as normal aging. This often leads to the under-diagnosis of AS.
AS symptoms diminish quality of life making everyday activities like climbing stairs and walking increasingly difficult. If you or a loved one has AS symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention promptly.
Simple tests are used to diagnose AS. AS produces a very distinct heart sound (a murmur) and is usually detectable with a stethoscope, but other tests may be necessary.
Over time, AS strains the heart, causing the heart muscle to become thicker, weaker, and scarred. Without treatment, severe cases lead to heart failure and death.
Medications can treat chest pain or other symptoms, but none reverse AS. Only repairing or replacing the defective valve will eliminate AS. Without surgery, 50% of patients with severe AS don’t survive more than 2 years after the onset of symptoms.
AS treatment typically requires Aortic Valve Replacement surgery or AVR. This surgery replaces the defective valve with a mechanical or tissue valve. AVR improves quality of life and increases survival in most patients, but those at high risk for surgical complications may not be good AVR candidates.
Fortunately, recent medical advances give new hope to those who cannot have AVR surgery. TAVR or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, is a new technique in which a valve is placed by inserting a catheter through an artery in the leg and threading it to the heart. This procedure is minimally invasive and does not require the chest to be opened. There are risks associated with TAVR including stroke and damage to leg vessels. AVR is still the preferred treatment for most AS patients, but TAVR represents a potentially life-saving alternative for those who cannot tolerate more invasive surgery.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with AS or is experiencing symptoms of AS:
Talk with a health care professional right away
Get prompt medical attention for dizziness, lightheadedness, chest pain, shortness of breath, faintness, weakness, and fatigue
Remember AS is a treatable condition and older age is not a barrier to surgery
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