FAQ - Aortic Stenosis, Subvalvular
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can an aortic valve stenosis cause me to have difficult breathing? can a replacement improve it?

Yes aortic stenosis can cause difficulty breathing ,especially with excercise. and yes a valve replacment will make it a TON better.  (+ info)

My daughter has aortic stenosis, and I was wondering, how much exercise is too much?

She was diagnosed with it two years ago(she is currently almost 9 years old),and we go back for a check-up in December.I sometimes worry about her,but I try not to hold her back too much.I am as well informed on the condition as I can be,and I watch for symptoms;she has complained of chest pain twice, and one time, for a few days she seemed extremely tired.My question also relates to her school.They are asking the kids to run for 30 min. once a week, and everyday they run for about ten minutes.I am afraid this is too much stress for her.Her records have not caught up with us from her other school(we just moved from Austin to San Angelo)so I'm also wondering what I could do about that.Our insurance has not kicked in at my husbands new job,but if necessary, I will find a way to get her to a Dr. here so that he can write her an excuse,if need be.

My suggestion would be to get her cardiologist, (Dr Johnson, or Dr. Fox, maybe?) to fax the information to the Administration Dept of the SAISD. Cost you a phone call at most. I know he would be willing to do that for you. Tell the receptionist what you want, make sure she writes down that they are expecting the kids to run that long, and that she writes down your new phone number, as well as the fax and phone numbers of the school system. It may take him a day or two to get this done, but stay on it.

Changing insurance/getting coverage in the interim is a frustrating endeavor. I just spent hours on the phone yesterday, doing the same thing, and I *think* I got it done. Or at least, I got them to claim to have gotten it done.  (+ info)

Aortic Stenosis and Sudden Death?

I am suffering from Aortic Stenosis (Moderate to Severe) and MR (Mild), Cardiologists say that I need valve replacement. I'm 29 male, married. I work for some government authority. I want to know if I leave this problem untreated, how much time will it take to kill me and how will I die? I mean will that be a Sudden Death or I will develop other problems? Currently I have problems like Fainting, Heaviness in Chest (Sometime), and Shortness of Breath (Rarely). I have not developed swelling on any part of my body. Please clear this picture.

You need to discuss this with your own cardiologist.

However, given your symptoms, the literature would indicate that you have, on average, about 3 years to live from the time you developed the fainting. If your systolic function is impaired, of which you give no indication, it may be less.

You could die of sudden death at any time, and your fainting could even be a warning of this. (The fainting could be caused by poor perfusion to the brain through the valve or by arrhythmias. There is no way to tell from the history you have given.) There is no way to predict whether you will have sudden death. Or you could develop congestive heart failure and subsequently have multiorgan failure and die this way.

At 29, you are probably taking less risk in having aortic valve surgery than in letting this go. And, given your symptoms, I believe your valve is more than moderately stenosed.  (+ info)

Aortic Stenosis and Pregnant?

My wife has aortic stenosis and she is 6 1/2 months pregnant. The doctor told her that she is going to have to have a "cardiac birth". Does anyone know what that means? I have tried looking it up on the internet, but cannot find anything. All they told her so far, is that she will be given a stronger epidural, so when she is pushing it won't be as stressful on her heart. She is going to meet with the obstetrics cardiologist next month.

Labor and delivery are often the time of greatest risk, particularly if stenosis of the aortic valve is severe. In these instances, it is necessary for you and your baby to be closely monitored throughout labor and delivery, as well as immediately postpartum. During labor, you can expect to have intravenous fluids; antibiotics; close monitoring of your baby's heart rate and your contractions; a specialized intravenous line (called a Swan-Ganz catheter) that can monitor fluid volume, pressures, and cardiac output; pain relief with intravenous narcotic administration or epidural narcotics; and avoidance of actually pushing during delivery by use of forceps instead. Additionally, the time immediately after birth is critical and requires close monitoring of total blood volume and pressures to avoid a significant drop in blood pressure or an overload of fluid. In circumstances of even moderate blood loss, it might be necessary to replace what blood was lost. Management of complex cases will require the collaborative work of you and your family, your primary OB/Gyn, the perinatologist, the cardiologist, and the neonatologist, who may need to make decisions regarding delivery prior to the due date. In sick pregnant women, decisions are often made by weighing the risks and benefits to both mother and baby. Does the benefit of keeping baby inside a little longer outweigh the risk to mom? Many variables play into these difficult decisions. If early delivery is anticipated, the OB may suggest giving you steroid injections to help prepare the baby's lungs for a preterm delivery.

EDIT: Does this information help at all?  (+ info)

How would sounds be affected by A-V valve prolapse? aortic valve stenosis? Pulmonary valve stenosis? A-V valve

AV valve prolapse will produce a non-ejection click. Aortic stenosis will produce softening of aortic component of second heart sound, an ejection click and a mid systolic murmur. Pulmonary valve stenosis will soften the pulmonary component of second heart sound, an ejection click and a mid systolic murumur.  (+ info)

when should one undergo valvereplacement surgery with bicuspid aortic valve,when the stenosis is mod or severe

ideal is when u r symptomatic and ur day to day activity is hamprered by fatigue,pain and breathlessness
it is better to get operated when it is MODERATE!!!
this is because most of the symptoms are REVERSIBLE!!
is severe,then certain things like changes in PULMONARY REGION i,e those in the lungs may not be reversible!!

all the best  (+ info)

for heart surgeons: if you have a patient with aortic stenosis and also has post nasal drip how do you keep?

him from choking to death during the surgery????? is breathing through the mouth enough??

during the surgery you would be intubated (placed on a ventilator or breathing machine) while the surgery is being performed. after you wake up and are breathing on your own the tube will be taken out of your throat. if you would have a lot of drainage they can suction you via the tube in your throat. long answer----no you will not choke to death and during the surgery you will not being breathing through yoru mouth.  (+ info)

Aortic Stenosis or LVH?

This is for a homework. I really dont know the answer to this question:

Which heart condition is more life-threatning and WHY?
a. Aortic Stenosis
b.Left ventricular Hypertrophy

THanx for the help! :-)
i have to say why the other is more life-threatning . Like LVH can lead to sudden death and heart failure.
I'll go with LVH caused I understood the answer number two better.

LVH, in the diseased heart, is the more life threatening problem. People with this are at risk for sudden death and life threatening arrhythmias. It changes the shape of the heart, and therefore can also lead to thrombosis. In an athletes heart, LVH is normal, and poses no risk for these problems. LVH is also a result of aortic stenosis. The muscle hypertrophies in order to try forcing blood through the stenosed valve. It will correct itself long-term once the valve is replaced, as will the complications of aortic stenosis. It's also a disease that will have symptoms that tests can find, and treatment can be started. There are times when LVH are an incidental or causative finding during an autopsy.

Although an ICD can be implanted, there are numerous risks that remain, and an ICD can only do so much. It will only be effective if a V-fib or V-tach are the lethal rhythm, and will do nothing for asystole or PEA.

Aortic stenosis can be treated with medicine and, ultimately, a valve replacement. People can live long lives with valve replacements.  (+ info)

My son has VERY mild (barely notable) aortic stenosis and mild aortic leak How bad is that....?

.....on a scale of heart problems? I know like Hypoplastic left heart is really bad and long QT syndrome is really bad, my thought is that what he has is on the lower end of severity for heart abnormalities.....is it?

go to webmd.com and find out.  (+ info)

Anyone here with Aortic Stenosis?

If so have you had any operations? Do you feel a big improvement afterwards.

Yes, - what's the question?
No, I haven't needed an operation because the stenosis isn't that serious to warrant it.. But if it were, I'd opt for the operation without hesitation..
It may never happen, because I'm 80 and something else may pop me first!!... but I'm hoping to have a couple of more years yet, so fingers crossed?  (+ info)

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