Have You Been Diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis?
Posted by: Tampa Cardio
On: September 5, 2022
Aortic stenosis is a specific type of heart disease that hampers the heart’s ability to pump enough blood. It can prevent it from properly supplying oxygen to the body.
Aortic stenosis is a condition that affects the opening of the aortic heart valve. This vascular disease occurs when the body’s main artery has sustained damage. It can be caused by various factors such as age-related rheumatic fever and birth defects.
When the buildup of calcium in the heart valves causes the walls of the vessels to thicken, it can restrict their ability to close and open properly. This condition can also affect the flow of blood to the brain and other organs.
How to recognize the signs:
You may experience
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Having a more difficult time than usual exercising
- Heart palpitations
- Cough without being sick
- Decreased urination
High blood pressure, cholesterol, and smoking are some of the risk factors that can increase a person’s chances of developing aortic stenosis. Men are more prone to experiencing this condition than women.
If aortic stenosis is left untreated, complications generally will occur over time.
One of the most common complications that can occur due to this condition is left ventricular hypertrophy. This condition occurs when the heart muscle grows to an unnatural size.
- angina pectoris (chest pain) which generally worsens with physical exercise
- heart failure
- sudden death due to arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
- endocarditis (infection of the innermost layer of the heart valve)
Valve replacement is the recommended option
Angioport valve replacement can be performed through a minimally invasive technique known as transfemoral aortic valve replacement. This procedure involves delivering the new valve through a needle stick that’s placed in the femoral artery. The catheters are then deployed in a position.
In this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in the heart’s center. He then removes the damaged valve by opening the pericardium, which is a line that’s designed to protect the heart.
After the prosthetic valve has been placed into the heart, it’s sewn into place. This type of valve is made from either pig or human skin.
A study conducted on over 7600 patients revealed that those who underwent valve replacement were more likely to live longer than those who didn’t have the surgery. They also noted that the survival rate was favorable for all age groups. About half of the patients who underwent the procedure were still alive six years after the operation.
It’s important that patients with these symptoms get immediate medical attention. They should be evaluated by a doctor so that they can make informed decisions regarding their treatment.
Tampa Cardiovascular Associates invites you to call for your appointment by dialing 813-975-2800 or you may feel free to contact us through the website as well by visiting https://tampacardio.com/contact-us/
Posted by: Tampa Cardio