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Causes of aortic stenosis

Aortic stenosis, which is the life-threatening disease where the opening valve between the left ventricle and the aorta in the heart  is narrowed, restricting the flow of the blood, may be caused by several different factors.

In older people, typically 65 or older, the aortic valve may become stiff and narrower when calcium lodges into the valve, resulting in the aortic stenosis. Inflammation of the valve may also occur in some people who have rheumatic fever, resulting in this heart condition. This happens when antibodies that are suppose to clear infection damage the aortic valve by making it thick and scarred.

Additionally, babies or young children, who do not commonly develop Aortic stenosis, may have this heart condition for two reasons: either their heart valves failed to develop, leaving only one or two aortic valves instead of three, or they develop the condition due to the use of Depakote, a medication used to treat bipolar people, by the mother during pregnancy.

If you believe your child suffered from aortic stenosis due to Depakote use, a lawyer from Williams Hart might be able to help you fight for justice and compensation from the manufacturer of the drug. Call us today at 800-761-3187 to learn more about your legal options.

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