Aortic valve stenosis — or aortic stenosis — occurs when the heart’s aortic valve narrows. This narrowing prevents the valve from opening fully, which obstructs blood flow from your heart into your aorta and onward to the rest of your body.
Causes of aortic valve stenosis include: Congenital heart defect, Calcium buildup on the valve, Rheumatic fever, Age, A deformed aortic valve, Chronic kidney disease, revious rheumatic fever.
If your doctor suspects that you or your child may have a deformed or narrowed aortic valve, you may need to undergo several tests to confirm the diagnosis and gauge the severity of the problem. You may be referred to a doctor trained in heart conditions (cardiologist) for tests such as: Echocardiogram, Electrocardiogram (ECG), Chest X-ray, Cardiac catheterization, Computerized tomography (CT) scan, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
You may need valve repair or replacement to treat aortic valve stenosis. In this case our solution is: On-X Prosthetic Heart Valve.
If your physician recommends a prosthetic heart valve, there are two possibilities. They are mechanical prostheses (valves) and tissue prostheses (valves). There are many good options for heart valve replacement. Each patient will need to review the options with their surgeon and cardiologist to decide which is best for them. Your heart condition, general health, size, age, sex and activity level will all contribute to your decision. These factors are discussed following a review of all replacement options.
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