Common symptoms of Aortic Stenosis

Many of the symptoms and signs of Aortic Stenosis may be incorrectly attributed to the normal ageing process. It is this common misconception that keeps patients from discussing these symptoms with their families and Doctors. It is important to ensure that anyone with these symptoms should be referred to their local Doctor for assessment

If left untreated, patients with Aortic Stenosis can have a significant reduction in life span, with approx 1 patient in 2 with severe untreated Aortic stenosis, not surviving 2 years.

Chest Pain

It is common to develop chest pain if you have aortic stenosis. This can occur at any time during exercise or when doing activities around the house. Usually, this pain may resolve itself after resting, but occasionally it may not.

The pain occurs when there is a reduction in the blood flow to the heart during exercise which may be caused by a severe narrowing of the aortic valve, restricting the amount of blood the heart can eject from the left ventricle. 1

This pain may resolve if the person rests or stops the activity (like walking). This occurs due to the reduction in oxygen requirements from the heart when resting from the activity. 2

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