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What is Aortic Stenosis?

In this video, Dr. Preeti Parikh explains what is Aortis Stenosis. Aortic Stenosis is a common condition that affects a valve in the heart. This is a condition that if left untreated can lead to serious heart problems. The aorta is the main artery that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body. Sometimes this valve becomes damaged and does not open fully. This is known as Aortic Stenosis and the result is restricted blood flow to the rest of the body.

If Aortic Stenosis is not treated, a few serious consequences can result. First, it can can cause the heart muscle to thicken, or enlarge. Second, it can lead to chest pain, dizziness, or fainting. Third, it can lead to high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, or heart failure.

Most people develop Aortic Stenosis later in life, though it can be considered a congenital disease. If you suffer from shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, or have a family history of aortic stenosis, be sure to have a conversation with your doctor immediately.  

 

Dr. Preeti Parikh

This video features Dr. Preeti Parikh. Dr. Preeti Parikh is a Board-Certified Pediatrician with special interests in preventive medicine, advocacy and patient education.

Duration: 01:25 Last Updated On: 2015-10-15 Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, Dr. Mera Goodman Review date: October 09, 2015
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