Aortic Valve Conditions We Treat
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Aortic Valve Stenosis
Aortic valve stenosis is a serious and progressive condition in which the opening (orifice) of the valve gets more and more narrow. It can be caused by a birth defect or it can be related to the aging process. This can eventually cause a severe limitation in the amount of blood that can get pumped out of the heart, causing pressure to build in the left ventricle, weakening the heart muscle and leading to heart failure. Aortic valve stenosis symptoms may include fainting, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
Aortic Valve Regurgitation
Aortic valve regurgitation is also called aortic valve insufficiency. This condition occurs when the aortic valve doesn’t close properly, causing blood to flow back into the heart. This requires the heart to work harder. Over time, the condition causes the heart to stretch and enlarge and can lead to heart failure.
Signs and Symptoms
Physical exam can reveal a heart murmur
Echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound)
Computed Tomography (CT) angiogram