Symptoms of Aortic Stenosis

Aortic Stenosis is a common heart valve condition that is often seen in patients over the age of 75. This condition may have a significant impact on the quality of life of patients and their families.

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Symptoms of Aortic Stenosis

Aortic Stenosis is a common heart valve condition that is often seen in patients over the age of 75. This condition may have a significant impact on the quality of life of patients and their families.

Aortic Stenosis is a common heart valve condition seen in approximately 1 in 8 patients over the age of 75.1

Many of the symptoms associated with Aortic Stenosis may be dismissed as just “old age” when in fact, patients with these symptoms may have a potentially life-threatening condition.

It is estimated that only 1 in 3 patients with Aortic Stenosis are referred for treatment.

Without treatment, approximately 1 in 2 patients could die in 2 years and approximately 8 out of 10 patients die in 5 years.2

Reference- 1: heart.org Reference- 2: Otto, C. VALVE DISEASE: Timing of aortic valve surgery. Heart. 2000;84(2):211-218.
  • Shortness of Breath

    Shortness of breath may occur due to a reduction in cardiac output due to the narrowed Aortic Valve, reducing the amount of blood flow from the heart, making it hard to get your breath when performing tasks around the house, walking to the shops or whilst participating in activities

  • Chest Pain

    Chest pain can occur due to increased oxygen demand from your body when participating in activities such as housework or shopping, this may occur in periods when your heart is required to increase cardiac output, but the condition restricts the amount of blood that can be ejected from the heart

  • Dizziness or Syncope

    This can occur due to a reduction in blood flow to your brain, commonly caused by a reduced cardiac output, which may make patients feel lightheaded or dizzy when performing activities (shopping, walking outside)

  • Fatigue

    Fatigue may often be associated with Aortic Stenosis due to a decreased cardiac output due to the narrowing of the aortic valve

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Symptoms of Aortic Stenosis may include:

  • Chest pain

  • Shortness of Breath

  • Dizziness or Syncope

Severe Aortic Stenosis can take decades to present, and the presentation of symptoms may seem vague, however, if there has been a significant decline in exercise tolerance due to presence of the symptoms in the last 6-12 months, you should consider consulting your Doctor. Many patients who have undiagnosed severe Aortic Stenosis simply put these symptoms down to aging, when in fact they may have a potentially deadly condition.

A classic sign that a patient could have Aortic Stenosis may be the relief of symptoms when the patient rests or ceases the activity.

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Diagnosis of Aortic Stenosis

Patients who are suspected of having Aortic Stenosis may undergo many tests to diagnose the condition.
These tests may include:

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Treatment Options for Aortic Stenosis.

Once a formal diagnosis occurs a patient may then begin the process to discover treatment options available for this condition.

Treatment options are usually discussed after consultation with a “heart team”. This team is a multidisciplinary team that will decide on either of the treatment options available. This is a specialist-led team that includes a Cardiologist, Cardiac surgeons, an Anaesthetist (and often others). This team will evaluate all of the risks and benefits of the two treatment options available.

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Balloon Valvuloplasty-

A small balloon is inserted into the native Aortic Valve (via the femoral artery)and inflated to attempt to increase the size of the diseased valve. This is not considered permanent therapy and may temporarily relieve symptoms only

Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement: (SAVR)

This involves an incision in the chest of the patient, where the diseased Aortic Valve is replaced by a mechanical or a tissue valve either Bovine (cow) or Porcine (pig) attached to a metal frame that is sutured in place.

The new valve starts working immediately.
There may be a short time in the ICU postoperatively and most patients recover over the next 8-12 weeks

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation/ Replacement : (TAVI/R)

This approach allows the new heart valve to be delivered inside the heart (via a large blood vessel in your groin), where the tissue valve is placed within the diseased Aortic Valve, squeezing the old valve out of the way and the new valve starts working (within the old native valve) immediately.

Many patients are discharged within 1-2 days postoperatively and recover over the next 1-2 weeks

However, TAVI/R is only currently indicated for a specific group of patients, not all patients will be suitable for TAVI/R (discuss this with your Cardiology team)

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