Aortic valve disease affects more than a million Americans – and if left untreated, can result in heart failure, severe infection or sudden death. The Advanced Cardiac Valve Center is committed to bringing you the most advanced and effective techniques for treating this disease.
- Aortic Stenosis is a common health problem in the United States; in fact, up to 7% of the population over the age of 65 is diagnosed each year. The aortic valve connects the heart and aorta, the large artery that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body. The aortic valve opens so blood can flow out of the heart, and closes to keep blood from returning to the heart. Aortic stenosis occurs when your aortic valve becomes narrowed and does not allow for normal blood flow.Aortic stenosis can become severe with or without symptoms. Common symptoms include chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath. Severe aortic stenosis is a very serious problem. Studies show that people who have developed symptoms from severe aortic stenosis have about a 50% chance of dying within 2 years and 80% within 5 years without aortic valve replacement.
- Aortic Insufficiency or Regurgitation is a condition where the valve does not close properly due to the valve leaflet tissue becoming weakened or floppy over time. This allows blood to leak back into the left ventricle, the main pumping chamber of the heart, decreasing the efficiency of the heart and causing it to work harder.