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.

Dizziness or Syncope

Syncope (or fainting) and dizziness may be concerning signs associated with aortic stenosis. This may occur whilst walking, cleaning or generally exerting yourself, it may even occur at rest. These symptoms should not be ignored as they may be signs associated with other heart conditions that may need to be investigated by your local doctor. 1

If a patient has severe aortic stenosis, there may be structural changes to the heart in order for the heart to compensate for a narrowed aortic opening. The can lead to a reduction in cardiac output during times of exercise or exertion, which may lead to a decreased blood flow to the brain, causing a syncopal event. Aortic stenosis can also lead to thickening of the walls of the heart and may lead to an increased risk of very fast heart rhythms which if left untreated cause, someone, to fall and injure themselves or potentially may be fatal. 2

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