Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve that affects how blood flows through the heart and body. While not often linked to heart valve narrowing, high and irregular blood pressure can affect the aortic valve.
The opening in the aortic valve in the heart is narrowed in those with aortic stenosis.
This narrowing can affect the flow of blood through the heart and the body, potentially leading to heart failure, strokes, and other serious medical conditions.
While people with heart failure and valve disease can have low blood pressure, aortic stenosis typically has an association with high blood pressure in the left ventricle.
Prolonged exposure to irregular blood pressure (low or high) can worsen the condition.
This article provides information on how blood pressure affects your heart and how both hypotension and hypertension can be harmful to your overall health. It also covers what you can do to address blood pressure issues if you have existing heart disease, or you have certain risk factors for the condition.
The aortic valve is located between the lower left chamber of the heart (also known as the left ventricle) and the main artery of the body, the aorta.
When the aortic valve is
This means the heart may not work as efficiently. As a result, it has to work harder to push blood through the body raising your blood pressure.
Aortic stenosis can also
When your blood pressure drops, your heart may begin to beat quicker and blood vessels in other parts of the body may narrow to try to maintain typical blood pressure levels.
If these adjustments aren’t enough to compensate for lower blood pressure, organs including your heart
Irregular blood pressure isn’t a
While high blood pressure can be a risk factor for aortic stenosis and how quickly it progresses, low blood pressure can develop after your heart gets quite sick and needs hospital treatment.
The irregularities or scarring behind aortic stenosis can be
- congenital valve irregularities
- rheumatic heart disease
Factors that can place you at a greater risk for aortic stenosis include:
In very mild cases of aortic stenosis without symptoms, your doctor may
Your healthcare team may also suggest lifestyle choices that support heart health like exercise and not smoking.
This is where monitoring and treating blood pressure issues may become more important.
Your doctor may suggest
Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, and diuretics are examples of some of the types of drugs your doctor may consider prescribing.
But importantly, any medications they prescribe won’t cure the injured aortic valve.
Aortic stenosis can affect blood flow throughout the heart and body.
Aging and congenital valve diseases are some of the most common causes of this condition, but prolonged irregular blood pressure can also increase the risk of further damage to the heart valves.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of aortic stenosis, it’s important to let your doctor know.
Treatment may require valve replacement surgery. Left untreated, aortic stenosis can increase your chances of a heart attack or stroke.