ON THE VALVE
CALCIUM BUILD-UP ON THE VALVE
With age, heart valves may accumulate calcium deposits.
Aortic stenosis can be caused by nay infection.
This may result in scar tissue or the aortic valve, which can narrow it or can create a rough surface where calcium deposits can collect.
In rare cases, calcification of the aortic valve can occur more quickly in patients who have received radiation treatment to the chest.
Some people are born with an aortic valve that has only one or two leaflets instead of three. This may not cause any problems until adulthood, at which time the valve may begin too narrow or leak.
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