The aorta is the principle artery that leaves your heart. As blood leaves your heart, it goes from you left ventricle (lower chamber) through your aortic valve into your aorta. When you have aortic valve stenosis, or aortic stenosis as it is also called, your aortic valve narrows and does not open completely like it should. This inhibits blood flow from your heart into your aorta and the rest of your body.
When aortic valve stenosis develops, your heart has to work harder to get blood to the rest of your body. In time, this makes your heart weaker. It restricts the amount of blood that your heart can pump. This causes problems like dizziness and fatigue.
Fortunately, aortic valve stenosis is a rare occurrence. Men get this disease four times more often than women. Aortic valve stenosis makes up about 7% of all congenital heart disease.
There are three main causes of aortic valve stenosis. This disease can result from a complication of rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever may cause scar tissue to form on your aortic valve, which can cause it to narrow. The second cause is congenital heart defect. Some babies are born with an aortic valve that is already narrowed, although this is rare. The third principle cause of aortic valve stenosis is calcium buildup on your aortic valve. Deposits of calcium may build up on your aortic valve with advancing age. For many people, these deposits of calcium do not cause any problems. For others, a stiffening of the leaflets of the aortic valve occurs that narrows it.
Aortic valve stenosis can range anywhere from mild to severe. If you have mild aortic valve stenosis, you may not have any signs or symptoms. If the disease is severe, you may experience:
Fatigue that occurs more frequently during times of exercise or activity
Heart palpitations (feelings of a fluttering, rapid heartbeat)
Chest tightness or pain (angina)
Shortness of breath that occurs more frequently with exercise or exertion
Weakness, dizziness or fainting with activity or exercise.
You or a loved one may have aortic valve stenosis. This disease and/or complications arising from or along with it may be why you are disabled. It may be the reason why you are unable to work.
You may need help if this is true. You may need financial assistance.
Do you or your loved one plan on applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by aortic valve stenosis and/or complications resulting from or along with it? Were you or your loved one denied?
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