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Why do most people find out about mild aortic stenosis during a checkup?

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Because mild cases of aortic stenosis have symptoms that are so subtle, most people find out they have it during a checkup. When your doctor listens to your heart, she may hear an abnormal whooshing sound between heartbeats. Called a heart murmur, this distinct sound can show up long before other aortic stenosis symptoms.

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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