Certain medical problems or
conditions make it more likely that you will develop
aortic valve stenosis:
Calcium buildup. Aging can cause calcium buildup
around the aortic valve, which can make the normally thin and flexible valve
flaps thick and stiff. This is also called calcific aortic valve stenosis. Many of the things that increase the
risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease are the same for aortic valve
stenosis. They include smoking,
high blood pressure,
diabetes, and being male.
Birth defect. Sometimes a person is born with a
bicuspid aortic valve that has two flaps instead of the normal three. Over time,
the valve becomes damaged and calcium builds up. As the valve narrows, less
blood can flow through it.
can cause scar tissue to build up at the edges of the valve. Rheumatic fever is not common now. But if you had it as a child, your risk of aortic valve stenosis may be increased.
Artificial valve. Aortic valve disease also may
develop in an artificial aortic valve that is made from human or animal
Other things that increase the risk for aortic valve