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Aortic Valve Stenosis - Living With Aortic Valve Stenosis

How you will feel and how aortic valve stenosis will affect your life will vary greatly depending on whether you have symptoms and the treatment decisions you make.

If you have no symptoms

  • Watch for changes in your health. See your doctor right away if you have any signs of chest pain, lightheadedness, fainting, shortness of breath, palpitations, or other symptoms that worry you.
  • Keep your heart healthy. Make healthy lifestyle changes such as eating a heart-healthy diet, staying at a healthy weight, and managing other health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
  • Get the tests you need to monitor your health. You will need to have an echocardiogram every 6 months to 1 year for severe stenosis and every 1 to 5 years for mild to moderate stenosis.1
  • Be active, but you might need to avoid strenuous exercise. Physical activity is good for your overall health. But the type of exercise that is appropriate varies depending on how severe your aortic valve stenosis is. If you have mild stenosis, you will not need to restrict your level or type of physical exercise. But if you have severe stenosis, you should avoid strenuous activities such as weight lifting or running. Talk with your doctor about what kinds of exercise are safe for you.

If you have symptoms

  • Decide on treatment. After symptoms of stenosis appear, you'll need to decide whether to have your valve replaced. For more information, see Surgery.
  • Manage heart failure. If you don't have surgery, you will likely develop heart failure. Treatment for heart failure includes medicines and self-care at home. For more information, see the topic Heart Failure.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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