aortic valvular stenosis

aortic valvular stenosis

Patient discussion about aortic valvular stenosis

Q. How does alcohol affect someone who has been diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis? My brother has been diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis and also is a smoker and does drink alcohol on the weekends. He knows that he should stop smoking but what about the effects of alcohol? Does this also contribute to his stenosis?

A. Alcohol changes blood pressure and speed of the heart- that is not a good idea if you have an Aortic stenosis. Could probably makes things worst. I would avoid alcohol… but he should ask GP.

Q. Why does Aortic stenosis causes an enlarged heart? My father was recently diagnosed as suffering from enlarged heart due to his Aortic stenosis. what is the connection between those to conditions? As far as I understand that aortic stenosis mean that the aortic valve is too small not too large...

A. there are several explanations for the enlargement of the heart that occurs due to Aortic stenosis. the most reasonable is that the mechanical power that the heart uses makes it bigger. it easy to see it here: http://www.marvistavet.com/assets/images/aortic_stenosis.gif
this is called Left Ventricular Hypertrophy or LVH in abbreviations.
this is a classic LVH E.C.G.
http://www.frca.co.uk/images_main/resources/ECG/ECGresource39.jpg

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Aortic valvular stenosis is present in 1 in 8 people over 75 years old(1).
Echocardiography confirmed severe aortic valvular stenosis with a peak instantaneous pressure gradient of >100 mm Hg, a mean systolic gradient of 69 mm Hg, an aortic valvular area of 0.
Brock's cases, the first was a woman aged 58 who had heart failure, angina and syncope, and hypotension and thought to have aortic valvular stenosis.