Can You Prevent Narrowing of Your Aortic Valve? (Video)

Studies show cholesterol a risk factor
Can you prevent narrowing of your aortic valve?

By: Steven Nissen, MD

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We’ve suspected for some time that high cholesterol is one of the risk factors for developing aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve).

It’s been clear that high cholesterol is a risk factor for developing coronary blockages, but only recently has evidence emerged showing that it also causes a risk of narrowing of the aortic valve.

Studies show that those who are genetically predisposed to developing high levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) are also at higher risk for hardening and narrowing of the aortic valve.

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This suggests a strategy for prevention. We need to identify high cholesterol and take steps early to lower it. In the future, we may be able to identify people at greater risk for narrowing before it happens and take proactive steps to prevent it.

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