Aortic stenosis - London Metro News

Unaware of Aortic stenosis – Many In The Dark

 

Heart disease is one of the ulcers of modern society. However, a new study suggests that 300,000 UK folk could have a potentially fatal heart valve disease called Aortic Stenosis, of which a third, or 100,000 may be completely unaware.

With the NHS being the focus of stretched resources in recent times, there is a concern that the Health System could be ill equipped to deal with this, given the vast numbers of potential patients, and the growing number of seniors in society.

 

What Is Aortic Stenosis?

 

Aortic stenosis - London Metro News

Aside from a disease which affects large numbers of people in the UK, what else do we know about Aortic Stenosis?

 

According to one online resource:

 

Aortic valve stenosis — or aortic stenosis — occurs when the heart’s aortic valve narrows. The valve doesn’t open fully, which reduces or blocks blood flow from your heart into the main artery to your body (aorta) and to the rest of your body.

Your treatment depends on the severity of your condition. You may need surgery to repair or replace the valve. Without treatment, severe aortic valve stenosis can lead to death.

 

Whilst treatment can vary according to the severity of the condition, the problem is that most people can be unaware, and only know about it when options for treatment have passed.

 

 

How Likely Are You To Have Aortic Stenosis?

 

According to a study in ‘Open Heart’, there were over 291,000 people over the age of 55 with a severe condition of Aortic Stenosis. The worrying thing is that whilst 68% would have symptoms, that still leaves more than 92,000 who don’t even know they have it! Further to this, it is estimated that 59%, which is around 172,000 could die unless they receive urgent and proactive management.

Whilst that number is only a fraction of the huge number of UK citizens, the report describes the condition as ‘common’, and that ‘without appropriate detection and intervention, survival prospects are likely to be poor’.

As a common complaint, it is important to be sure that you are not at risk of the disease. In fact, around 20,000 people could benefit from yearly treatment, however that figure far exceeds current NHS capacity.

The report concludes with this warning:

‘These data suggest a high burden of severe aortic stenosis in the UK requiring surgical or transcatheter intervention that challenges the ongoing capacity of the National Health Service to meet the needs of those affected,’

 

 

Whilst it is likely that you, or someone you know possibly could suffer from Aortic Stenosis, it is important to seek out expert, and competent medical advice. Rather than ‘self-diagnose’, if there are any genuine fears over the health of your heart, or any other condition, seek professional medical assistance…it could save your life!

 

 

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