Aortic Valve Disease
In aortic stenosis, the heart must work harder to pump blood past the narrowed valve and throughout the body. The principal symptoms associated with aortic stenosis include shortness of breath (dyspnea), chest tightness (angina), and fainting episodes (syncope). Left untreated for many months to years, severe aortic stenosis can lead to irreversible changes in your heart muscle that can lead to heart failure. With aortic regurgitation, much of the blood that is pumped forward across the valve leaks back into the left ventricle, causing it to dilate over time. As with aortic stenosis, untreated aortic regurgitation often manifests as shortness of breath and can lead to heart failure.
At Yale Cardiac Surgery, we understand that the thought of undergoing aortic valve surgery can be overwhelming. Our surgeons will review your surgical plan with you in detail so that you know what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. You can rest assured that you will be cared for by top surgeons internationally renowned for their minimally invasive surgical techniques and high level of skill in aortic valve repair and replacement.