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.

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath can be a common symptom of aortic stenosis but may be confused with part of the ageing process.1

Aortic stenosis causes a restriction in blood flow from the heart, particularly when people are exerting themselves performing cleaning, walking etc. A reduction in cardiac output can cause shortness of breath and a reduction in exercise ability.

This can have a significant impact on the ability to perform household chores, walk to the shops, socialise and may increase the burden on others to assist people at home. 2

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