Common symptoms of Aortic Stenosis

Many of the symptoms and signs of Aortic Stenosis may be incorrectly attributed to the normal ageing process. It is this common misconception that keeps patients from discussing these symptoms with their families and Doctors. It is important to ensure that anyone with these symptoms should be referred to their local Doctor for assessment

If left untreated, patients with Aortic Stenosis can have a significant reduction in life span, with approx 1 patient in 2 with severe untreated Aortic stenosis, not surviving 2 years.

Irregular Heartbeat

Another symptom of aortic stenosis may be an irregular heartbeat. 1
This can present as palpitations or a fluttering feeling in the chest that may occur at any time. There are many reasons for this and aortic stenosis may be one reason.

Irregular heartbeats may be caused by structural changes to the heart that can occur in the presence of aortic stenosis. These changes may lead to an enlarged heart, which may facilitate these abnormal heart rhythms due to a “stretching” of the heart muscles that can occur in a condition such as aortic stenosis.2