What does mild stenosis mean?

You may have been surprised when your doctor said you have mild aortic stenosis (AS), a defect that can narrow the aortic valve opening and restrict blood flow out of the heart to the aorta. However, in people with mild AS, symptoms are usually minor and may be dismissed as normal signs of aging.

What is stenotic disease?

Aortic stenosis is one of the most common and serious valve disease problems. Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening. Aortic stenosis restricts the blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta and may also affect the pressure in the left atrium.

Should I worry about mild aortic stenosis?

Mild. Aortic stenosis might not affect your health right away. In fact, many people who have a mild case may not notice any symptoms.

Does mild aortic stenosis need treatment?

Treatments. If you’re not having symptoms and your heart is otherwise healthy, you usually don’t need to treat mild aortic stenosis. It may be something that your doctor keeps tabs on with regular checkups. Many people with aortic valve stenosis also have other problems, such as high blood pressure or an arrhythmia.

Is Mild stenosis serious?

Aortic valve stenosis ranges from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms generally occur when narrowing of the valve is severe. Some people with aortic valve stenosis may not have symptoms for many years.

How long can you live with mild aortic regurgitation?

In developing countries, it progresses much more rapidly and may lead to symptoms in children less than 5 years of age. Around 80% of patients with mild symptoms live for at least 10 years after diagnosis.

Does mild aortic stenosis get worse?

Aortic stenosis tends to get worse over time. When it first develops, mild aortic stenosis typically doesn’t have any symptoms.

How long does it take for mild aortic stenosis to progress?

Knowledge of the expected outcomes with mild aortic valve disease is especially important given that aortic sclerosis is present in about 25% of adults over age 65 years and progression to aortic stenosis occurs within 7 years in 16% of patients with aortic sclerosis.

How fast does stenosis progress?

According to The Cleveland Clinic, catheterization and echocardiographic studies suggest that, on average, the valve area declines 0.1-0.3 square centimeters per year. The Cleveland Clinic also states that the systolic pressure gradient across the aortic valve can increase by as much as 10-15 mm Hg per year.