Symptoms of Aortic Valve Disease

Both aortic valve stenosis and aortic valve regurgitation affect the ability of your heart to function properly. Because these conditions do not occur suddenly, you may not notice any symptoms for a while. 

Symptoms of Aortic Valve Stenosis

Aortic valve stenosis develops over time. Many patients with aortic valve stenosis may not experience any signs or symptoms until the valve opening becomes very narrow. The symptoms of aortic valve stenosis include:
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea), especially when active or lying down
  • Chest pain (angina), pressure or tightness
  • Swollen feet or legs due to fluid buildup (edema)
  • Feeling faint (syncope)
  • Rapid, fluttering or irregular heartbeats (palpitations)
  • Reduced ability to do normal activities that require mild exertion
  • Irregular pulse (arrhythmia)

Symptoms of Aortic Valve Regurgitation

As aortic valve regurgitation develops, the heart tries to compensate. For a while — even for many years — patients may not experience any symptoms. Over time and as the condition worsens, patients may experience:
  • Fatigue and weakness, especially when active
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea) when active or lying down
  • Swollen legs, ankles and feet due to fluid buildup (edema)
  • Chest pain (angina), pressure or tightness, especially when exercising
  • Feeling faint (syncope) 
  • Rapid, fluttering or irregular heartbeats (palpitations)
  • Irregular pulse (arrhythmia)

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