A Brief Introduction to Aortic Valve Stenosis
Dr. Marc Gerdisch, chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Franciscan Health Indianapolis, specializes in heart valve disease. Over the course of his career, Dr. Marc Gerdisch has performed over 5,000 surgical procedures, the majority involving heart valve replacements or repairs. One of the most common valve disorders that requires surgical intervention is aortic valve stenosis.
Aortic valve stenosis, the most commonly occurring valve disease, involves the narrowing of the opening in the aortic valve. This narrowing results in restricted blood flow to the aorta from the left ventricle. The condition is usually associated with aging but can be linked to a congenital heart defect.
In its early stages, aortic valve stenosis doesn’t usually result in noticeable symptoms. In its advanced stages, however, it can cause patients to become breathless or experience such symptoms as chest pain, fainting episodes, heart palpitations, or lethargy. Heart specialists may recommend regular monitoring of the condition. In other cases, surgical valve repair or replacement may be required.