Aortic Stenosis Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath - Feeling winded and tired when walking or lying down
  • Angina - A sensation of aching, burning, discomfort, fullness, pain, or squeezing in the chest. It may also be felt in the arms, back, jaw, neck, shoulders and throat
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting - A sudden and brief loss of consciousness Dizziness (after periods of inactivity)
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat Palpitations – An uncomfortable awareness of the heart beating rapidly or irregularly

These could also be symptoms of heart failure. If you have any these symptoms and have been diagnosed with heart failure, ask your doctor to also test for aortic stenosis.

Aortic Stenosis Risk Factors

  • Increasing age
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal cholesterol levels
  • Smoking
  • Deformed aortic valve
  • Family history

Aortic stenosis in patients over the age of 65 is usually caused by calcium deposits associated with aging. There are other causes as well including congenital birth defects, rheumatic fever and radiation therapy.