Aortic Valve Stenosis
Aortic valve stenosis is a type of valve disease in which the leaflets of your aortic valve stiffen or fuse together, and do not open all the way. This creates a narrowed opening for blood to pass through.
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 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.