Common symptoms of Aortic Stenosis

Many of the symptoms and signs of Aortic Stenosis may be incorrectly attributed to the normal ageing process. It is this common misconception that keeps patients from discussing these symptoms with their families and Doctors. It is important to ensure that anyone with these symptoms should be referred to their local Doctor for assessment

If left untreated, patients with Aortic Stenosis can have a significant reduction in life span, with approx 1 patient in 2 with severe untreated Aortic stenosis, not surviving 2 years.

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is a common symptoms of aortic stenosis. This can often occur when people are active as the body requires an increased in oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body. Often patients with aortic stenosis may have a reduced cardiac output due to the narrowing of the arotic valve, resulting in a reduction in cardiac output. To compensate the heart may increase the size and become less effective at pumping, leading to shortness of breath during periods of activity. It is quite common that people avoid activities that may make them breathless. Many patients may sleep on multiple pillows at night due to breathlessness.