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.
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.
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.
This scan is used to ascertain the risk of a heart attack or stroke within the next 5-10 years. [READ MORE]
An 'echo' is an ultrasound scan of the heart to assess structure and function. [READ MORE]
These scans enable cardiologists to view detailed images of the heart’s anatomy. [READ MORE]
TAVI inserts the replacement valve in a minimally invasive manner, avoiding the need for open heart surgery. [READ MORE]
Sometimes an ‘echo’ scan of the heart requires an ultrasound probe to be passed down the food pipe to provide a clearer image. [READ MORE]