aortic valve stenosis

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enufworry
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   Posted 9/24/2008 12:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Just had angiogram---finally.  All clear on that yeah but doc did see this stenosis thing.  She said it was mild and comes with age---but I don't know much about it.  Any input would be appreciated.  Thanks

Miss Helen
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   Posted 9/24/2008 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
An aortic valve stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening.   Sometimes it's congenital and sometimes it develops with age.   It may get worse, at which point the valve will narrow even further and your heart will pump harder to keep up with blood flow supply.   Some people are diagnosed with stenosis and it never develops bad enough to require surgery, others like myself require surgery to replace the valve.   Your best course of action is to continue follow up with your physician so that he can monitor changes in the narrowing. Many many people have a mild stenosis as your physician indicated and it continues to be minor throughout life.   Good luck.

enufworry
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   Posted 9/24/2008 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you so much for your reply.  The doc said I should just follow up yearly with an Echo. I am working hard on not focusing on this as my new obsession.  I will just do as ordered and hope for the best  Thanks again.

 

 

enufworry
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   Posted 9/24/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Actuall I had Rheumatic fever when I was 5 years old and they said there was no damage even though I did have a murmer. I guess the stenosis can come from that too. Oh well, thanks

Miss Helen
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   Posted 9/24/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes you can acquire a stenosis from rheumatic fever. Sometimes the valve damage is so slight that it is difficult to diagnose at an early age. Iwas born with a bicuspid aortic valve which suffered from insufficiency as well as stenosis. Mine was congenital and was actually found when I was 5 years old during a school physical. I was restricted from strenuous activity while I was young and told that mine was serious enough that I'd probably require surgery by the time I was 30. I had my first aortic valve surgery at 35. My mom has an aortic stenosis and is in her 70's and has never had her valve replaced. It's very important that you continue to have your cardiologist follow the stenosis to see if you're going to need surgery in the future or if you'll be one of the lucky ones like my mom who lives with a minor murmur. Good luck.
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