Aortic Valve Disease
Aortic valve disease is a condition where the valve between the pumping chamber of your heart (left ventricle) and the main blood vessel of your body (aorta) is not working effectively. Symptoms include:
- Abnormal heart sound (heart murmur) heard through a stethoscope
- Shortness of breath, particularly when you have been very active or when you lie down
- Chest pain or tightness
- Irregular heartbeat
There are several treatment options for aortic valve diseases. Your doctor may prescribe medications that help fix the structure of the valve. Your doctor may also perform a balloon valvuloplasty, where he will insert a balloon into the valve and inflate the balloon to open the valve, allowing more effective blood flow.