Common symptoms of Aortic Stenosis

Many of the symptoms and signs of Aortic Stenosis may be incorrectly attributed to the normal ageing process. It is this common misconception that keeps patients from discussing these symptoms with their families and Doctors. It is important to ensure that anyone with these symptoms should be referred to their local Doctor for assessment

If left untreated, patients with Aortic Stenosis can have a significant reduction in life span, with approx 1 patient in 2 with severe untreated Aortic stenosis, not surviving 2 years.

Chest Pain

Patients with untreated aortic stenosis can have chest pain when exerting themselves by walking or gardening etc. This can occur due to a reduction in cardiac output caused by the narrowing and stiffening of the aortic valve, leading the oxygen deprivation of the heart, causing the chest pain.

This pain may (or may not) be resolved by rest or avoiding this particular activity. This may lead to an increased burden of care upon families as shopping, cleaning the house etc are avoided due to the chest pains.