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Aortic Stenosis

Aortic stenosis is a congenital problem (meaning present at birth), which affects the aortic valve of the heart. This valve is pivotal for pumping oxygen-rich blood from the left ventricle of your heart into the aorta. From the aorta, blood flows to the rest of your body.

If you have aortic stenosis, your valve does not work properly due to either its shape or its size. This is most often due to a problem in the eighth week of pregnancy when the valve is developing. You may also have aortic stenosis if you had rheumatic fever when you were young, resulting in a damaged aortic valve.

Aortic stenosis is often diagnosed when you are a child or a young adult, though some adults do not show signs until later in life. Symptoms of aortic stenosis include chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath.

Indiana University Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians are experts in the treatment of aortic stenosis, offering advanced surgical options, which are personalized to fit your needs. Without treatment, aortic stenosis may cause your heart to weaken, putting you at risk for life-threatening conditions such as heart attack or heart failure.

IU Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians treat more patients than any other cardiovascular program in the state of Indiana. Our physicians provide high quality, advanced care backed by years of experience in treating the most complex heart and vascular conditions.

As partners with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we are at the forefront of cardiovascular medicine, using the latest research and leading edge treatments to improve your health. We work with you every step of the way, from diagnosis to treatment, to ensure you receive the care you need to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Aortic Stenosis Treatment Information

You have different treatment options depending on your individual condition. If you have scar tissue from rheumatic fever, surgery to remove that tissue allows the valve to work properly. If you have a narrowed valve, you may benefit from a minimally invasive procedure that uses a balloon to widen the valve.

Many patients, however, must have the valve replaced. Depending on your age and condition, you will receive a tissue valve replacement or a mechanical valve replacement. Both procedures have benefits and risks, so be sure to speak with your physician about which option is best for you.

IU Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians offer comprehensive treatment options for aortic stenosis, including:


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