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What are the symptoms of a faulty or failing aortic valve?

A faulty or failing aortic valve may cause symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, and dizziness or loss of consciousness (passing out). These symptoms are due to the heart having to work harder because of the narrowed or leaky valve.

Early on, these symptoms may be noticeable only with exercise, but as the disease progresses,  shortness of breath can occur with minimal or no activity.

Some people will be unable to sleep flat in bed or may awaken short of breath. Another potential symptom is swollen feet, particularly in the late afternoon or early evening.

This content originally appeared online in "The Patient Guide to Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Surgery" from the Society of Thoracic Surgery.

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