Chicago—An age-old problem may not be
an old-age phenomenon as conventional wisdom has believed.
The cardiology community has long assumed that aortic stenosis is a
wear-and-tear, degenerative process caused, in part, by a heart beating for
many decades. But research over the past few years suggests a different, more
active, cause—lipoprotein deposits and inflammation of the aortic valve,
with resulting calcification and ossification.
Mitka M. Researchers Probe Aortic Stenosis. JAMA. 2003;289(17):2197–2198. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2197