Know the role of aortic stenosis
Blood travels throughout the body through arteries and veins. The aorta is the main artery that delivers oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. When this blood flow is inhibited major problems can develop.
Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve is narrowed and blood flow is restricted. Often, there are no symptoms in the early stages but as the narrowing becomes more severe, the below symptoms may appear:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
There are multiple conditions that can affect the aorta including aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection. Aortic aneurysm occurs when the wall of the aorta weakens and causes the wall to expand or bulge outward. In the later stages symptoms can include a feeling of pulsation near the navel and deep constant pain in the abdomen and back. When an aortic dissection occurs the aortic wall tears and blood flows between the layers of the blood vessel. Common symptoms include sharp, ripping chest pain, abdominal pain, sweating, shortness of breath, nausea and weakness. If any of these symptoms present, you should seek medical help immediately.
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