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Does mild aortic stenosis cause symptoms?

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Aortic stenosis might not affect your health right away. In fact, many people who have a mild case may not notice any symptoms.

As your aortic valve’s opening slowly starts to shrink with this condition, your heart muscle picks up the slack. It can take many years for this extra work to cause severe damage to your heart muscle.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “Problem: Aortic Valve Stenosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Aortic valve stenosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Aortic Valve Surgery.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Aortic Valve Disease.”

Heart : "Editorial: The difficulties in assessing patients with moderate aortic stenosis.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Heart Murmur.”

St. Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust: “Aortic Valve Stenosis (Narrowing of the heart valve) Patient information leaflet.”

Columbia University Department of Surgery: “Aortic Valve Disease.”

American Family Physician : “Aortic Stenosis: Diagnosis and Treatment.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 20, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “Problem: Aortic Valve Stenosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Aortic valve stenosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Aortic Valve Surgery.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Aortic Valve Disease.”

Heart : "Editorial: The difficulties in assessing patients with moderate aortic stenosis.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Heart Murmur.”

St. Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust: “Aortic Valve Stenosis (Narrowing of the heart valve) Patient information leaflet.”

Columbia University Department of Surgery: “Aortic Valve Disease.”

American Family Physician : “Aortic Stenosis: Diagnosis and Treatment.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 20, 2019

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