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Heart Valve Disorders


A heart valve disorder means that the four heart chambers are not beating in an organized manner. The most common symptoms are fatigue and shortness of breath, but often there are no symptoms.


The House That Jack Built

We know that hypertension, or high blood pressure, can lead to atherosclerosis or clogged arteries. High blood pressure causes tiny tears in the artery walls and cholesterol, fat and other deposits settle in those tears and then build on themselves, eventually narrowing and hardening the artery.


Aortic Sclerosis

As we age, the deposits in our arteries eventually begin to build up in the heart itself and parts of the heart calcify and don't work very well, or stop working all together. This can cause fainting, heart failure or chest pain.


Aortic Sclerosis makes the heart susceptible to infection carried there from a urinary tract infection, dental infection, or infection in some other part of the body.


Treatment may involve angioplasty where a balloon is inserted and inflated to enlarge the valve, or surgical valve replacement. These treatments have been successful at advanced ages.


Exercise and Aortic Sclerosis

Very little is known about the effect of aerobic exercise on aortic sclerosis. Parts of the heart are calcified now, and there will be general feelings of weakness and shortness of breath. We know that athletes with this disease have had to slow their training progams and have certainly done much better after a valve replacement.


Physicians and Aortic Sclerosis

Doctors can overlook possible treatment for Aortic Sclerosis in older people. This is an attitude based on prejudice plain and simple. If you are an elder with this disease and your doctor does not recommend valve replacement, get another opinion. It's your body.


Coronary Heart Disease Hypertension Artheriosclorosis
Heart Rhythm Heart Valve Vascular Dementia