Your heart’s job is to supply oxygen-rich blood to the rest of your body. It does that by pumping blood through four heart chambers with the help of four heart valves that open and close with every heartbeat.
A healthy heart beats approximately 100,000 times a day. Severe aortic valve stenosis prevents your aortic valve leaflets from opening and closing properly (pictured below). This makes your heart work harder to pump blood to the rest of your body. A diseased valve affects your health and limits your daily activities.
Some causes of severe aortic stenosis include:
Severe aortic valve stenosis signs include, but
may not be limited to:
1. In a healthy aortic valve, three thin leaflets open and close properly.
2. In a diseased (stenotic) valve, the leaflets become stiff and thickened, limiting the amount of blood pumped out of the body.
Your heart team will conduct tests to help determine the best treatment option for you. These tests will tell your doctor:
Common tests performed may include: