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Aortic Valve Stenosis Underlying Cause

The three main causes of aortic stenosis include:

  • Congenital aortic stenosis:
    • Abnormal development in the womb
    • Found in up to 2% of the general population, primarily those under 30 years of age.
    • Occurs in about 4 out of 1,000 people in the US
  • Idiopathic sclerosis of the aortic valve:
    • Scarring of the aortic valve
    • Most commonly seen in those over 70
  • Rheumatic fever

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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