I am 59 year old female who was diagnosed with mild aortic stenosis 10 years ago, my heart has not changed. I am not on any medication as I have great blood pressure and low cholestero. I am very active and I am now doing Bikram hot yoga ; my doctor says it is OK as long as I don;t get palpitations.. I have not. But my question is ...can I count on the fact that my stenosis will get worse and I will eventually need a valve replacement, or could I go on with the heart remaining the same...is it inevitable that I will get symptoms? I am fine between my 6 month appointments but I become so anxiety ridden as my next appt looms...please advise,thanks so much...Barbara
Aortic stenosis is a common problem. The common reason for aortic stenosis for someone of your your age is either a bicuspid aortic valve (2 leaflets instead of 3) or prior rheumatic heart disease.
Aortic stenosis is typically not a problem for many years (known as the latent period); however, over time the stenosis progresses to the point were you will many will eventually need surgery. Without knowing the exact reason why you have aortic stenosis it is difficult to predict whether you will eventually need surgery. Your doctor will follow the stenosis by echocardiogram and your symptoms (look out for chest pain, passing out or feeling breathlessness).
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