Aortic valve stenosis is a heart problem. The aortic valve is not as wide as it should be or is not opening normally. This valve is between the lower left chamber of the heart and the aorta. The aorta supplies blood to the body. A narrowed aortic valve forces the heart to pump harder to get enough blood through the valve.
This is a congenital heart defect. This means your baby was born with it. While your baby's organ's were still developing, the aortic valve did not form correctly.
How serious the problem is depends on how narrow the valve is. If your baby has severe or critical stenosis, he or she may need special care, such as being in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This may be scary for you. But the hospital staff understands this. They will explain what happens and will answer your questions.
Your baby will get medicine. It may include medicines given through a blood vessel. This is often done through the belly button.
Your baby will need either a procedure to widen the valve or surgery to replace the valve. The treatment choice will depend on how severe the problem is.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to
know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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