The information outlined below on common conditions and treatments is provided as a guide only and it is not intended to be comprehensive. Discussion with Dr Scott is important to answer any questions that you may have. For information about any additional conditions not featured within the site, please contact us for more information.
Aortic stenosis is the most commonly reported valve problem. It is most prevalent in the over 65 age group and is largely due to degeneration of the valve over time. This calcification eventually causes a narrowing in the valve orifice. When this happens the heart has to work harder to pump blood to the body.
A narrowed aortic valve, the outflow valve to the heart, can lead on to symptoms of breathlessness, chest pain and blackouts. After a careful history, ECG and echocardiography we can advise you on the treatment which may include open surgery (aortic valve replacement, or a less invasive procedure that can be done from the groin (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Intervention (TAVI)).
Investigating aortic stenosis
If it is suspected that you have aortic stenosis you may need investigations such as an ECG, echo and coronary angiography to decide the best course of action. We concentrate on assessment and re-assessment on a regular basis, primarily through echocardiography, whilst watching out for the important symptoms suggesting deterioration in your condition.
Discussion with Dr Scott is important to answer any questions that you may have. For information about any additional symptoms you may be suffering from that are not featured within the site, please contact us for more information.