Aortic Valve Disease
The aorta is the main artery carrying blood out of the heart. A normal aortic valve opens during the contraction of the heart and closes during the relaxation period. This ensures that blood flows efficiently throughout the body and does not back into the heart. However, if the valve leaks when it should be closed (aortic regurgitation), or if the valve becomes narrowed and obstructed (aortic stenosis), the amount of blood that can be pumped from the heart to the body is compromised and can lead to enlargement of the heart. Some patients may remain asymptomatic, while others may experience a wide range of symptoms.
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Last year, the retired schoolteacher’s aortic valve became so narrowed, that Barbara Keene would become profoundly short of breath with walking and would pass out frequently.Read My Story