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What is aortic stenosis?

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It's a type of heart valve disease. Your aortic valve transfers blood from the left ventricle of your heart to your aorta, your largest artery. If something causes this valve to narrow, you can’t get as much blood flow to your heart and the rest of your body. Aortic stenosis is most common in older people, but some babies are born with it.

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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