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Aortic Valve Disease
Aortic Valve Disease
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What are the symptoms of aortic valve disease?

Some people with aortic valve disease may only have minor symptoms for several years. The signs and symptoms associated with aortic valve disease include:

shortness of breath, dizziness and/or fainting, chest pain or tightness, irregular heartbeat, fatigue and reduced effort tolerance and swelling of the ankles and feet.

What assessment will I need if I have aortic valve disease?

The initial diagnosis is likely to be on examination after the doctor has taken a detailed history from you. The doctor will then arrange an echocardiogram to confirm the diagnosis.

Cardiac CT and Cardiac MRI are also frequently used as part of the diagnostic pathway

The wound, which is usually only 5cm long, is carefully sutured and patients can be discharged usually the same day. Pacemakers are checked using programmers which communicate with the devices and allow the doctor and technicians to adjust the device settings to optimise the performance of the pacemaker. Most patients can return to normal activities within 4 weeks of the implant and will require regular ongoing follow up and pacemaker checks to ensure correct functioning of the pacemaker. Although, pacemaker implantation is straightforward there is a low rate of risks related to the procedure including bruising at the site of the wound, infection or movement of the leads after insertion which may require further surgery to reposition and correct this.

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What are the treatments for aortic valve disease?

Treatment depends on the type and severity of your aortic valve disease. In some cases, it may require surgery to repair or replace the aortic valve.

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