What Is Stenosis?

A normal human heart has four valves that help regulate the flow of blood. If a valve doesn’t open all the way—a condition called stenosis—it limits the amount of blood that reaches the heart, potentially causing all kinds of complications.

This video from the American Heart Association demonstrates the difference between a healthy heart valve and one that suffers from stenosis. Age is the most common risk factor of stenosis—4% of people aged 85 have aortic stenosis. Some people are born with a bicuspid valve—or valve with two flaps fused together—that seriously impedes blood flow.

If you suspect that your heart isn’t as healthy as it could be, call Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-5305. Our cardiologists provide excellent care in Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West, and elsewhere in the Phoenix area. 

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