Aortic Valve Stenosis

Providing the treatment you need for a healthier heart

If you have aortic stenosis, the aortic valve of your heart does not work properly due to either its shape or its size. The aortic valve pumps oxygen-rich blood from the left ventricle of your heart into the aorta.

From the aorta, blood flows to the rest of your body. Symptoms of aortic stenosis include chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath.

Cause & Diagnosis

Aortic stenosis is congenital, meaning you have it at birth. It is most often due to a problem in the eighth week of pregnancy when the valve develops. You may also have aortic stenosis if you had rheumatic fever as a child, resulting in a damaged aortic valve. Physicians often diagnose aortic stenosis in children or young adults, though some adults do not show signs until later in life.

Overview

Cause & Diagnosis

Aortic stenosis is congenital, meaning you have it at birth. It is most often due to a problem in the eighth week of pregnancy when the valve develops. You may also have aortic stenosis if you had rheumatic fever as a child, resulting in a damaged aortic valve. Physicians often diagnose aortic stenosis in children or young adults, though some adults do not show signs until later in life.

Indiana University Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians are experts in the treatment of aortic stenosis, offering advanced surgical options, 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 physicians treat more patients than any other cardiovascular program in the state of Indiana. We will 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, our physicians are at the forefront of cardiovascular medicine. This means we use 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.

Treatment Options

We will provide you with 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. Speak with your physician about which option is best for you.

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

  • Imaging
  • Balloon dilation
  • Valvotomy
  • Valve replacement
  • Aortic homograft
  • Cardiac rehabilitation

Treatment

Indiana University Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians are experts in the treatment of aortic stenosis, offering advanced surgical options, 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 physicians treat more patients than any other cardiovascular program in the state of Indiana. We will 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, our physicians are at the forefront of cardiovascular medicine. This means we use 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.

Treatment Options

We will provide you with 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. Speak with your physician about which option is best for you.

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

  • Imaging
  • Balloon dilation
  • Valvotomy
  • Valve replacement
  • Aortic homograft
  • Cardiac rehabilitation

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