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Aortic stenosis in the elderly

Aortic stenosis is a condition characterised by the calcification of a normal valve and is more common in the elderly population. This is the most common cause.the patient usually presents with angina, syncope and dyspnea from congestive heart failure. The condition can be misdiagnosed as a case of aortic valve sclerossis, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, mitral regurgitation and pulmonary stenosis. Chest ray, ECG and echocadiography help in diagnosis. Patients must receve infective endocarditis. surgery is advised when there is gross reduction of the valve orifice.

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