Severe Aortic Valve Stenosis

Your aortic valve controls the flow of blood flow through your heart. The valve is made of three flaps of tissue, called leaflets, that swing open when blood pushes against them. When these leaflets stiffen and lose their flexibility, they no longer open and close properly. This results in a narrowing (stenosis) of the valve opening.
Severe Aortic Valve Stenosis Healthy vs Diseased

This narrowing reduces and restricts blood flow, requiring your heart to work harder. As a result, less oxygen-rich blood flows from your lungs to the rest of your body.

Severe aortic stenosis is a life-threatening condition. Your doctor may prescribe medications to ease the symptoms of your severe aortic stenosis. However, if the diseased valve is not replaced, your symptoms will probably worsen to heart failure and possibly even death. 1-3

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