Life can get busy. Between your daily activities and new pursuits, we know it can be hard to keep an eye on your heart health during your golden years. But it is important to know where your heart stands when it comes to a condition called aortic stenosis.
Aortic stenosis is a serious condition that impacts the heart health of millions of Americans each year. Don’t be one of them. Learn about this type of heart valve disease and how it can progress over time without treatment.
In most elderly adults, aortic stenosis is caused by a build-up of calcium (a mineral found in your blood) on the valve leaflets. Over time, this causes the leaflets to become stiff, reducing their ability to fully open and close.
A normal aortic valve contains three leaflets. But sometimes people are born with an aortic valve that has one, two, or four leaflets. When defects are present, the aortic valve may leak and this can cause valve problems.
Sometimes strep throat can lead to rheumatic fever which can cause scar tissue to form within the heart. When this happens, the aortic valve may not be able to open and close as it normally should.
Some people may develop inflammation and scar tissue after receiving radiation therapy. This can make the aortic valve stiff and unable to function properly.
Severe Aortic Stenosis, Not Age, was Behind Larry's Symptoms
After being diagnosed with mild aortic stenosis, and living years without symptoms, Larry's condition began to worsen. Follow Larry's journey.
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