Aortic Stenosis

Identifying aortic stenosis early on enables you to explore treatment options and make the best choice for your lifestyle.

Older adult male smiling

What is Aortic Stenosis?

Aortic stenosis (AS) is one of the most common and serious valve disease problems.

The heart pumps blood through the aortic valve to the body. Over time, calcium buildup can narrow the valve opening and restrict blood flow to the heart. If left undiagnosed or untreated in a timely fashion, it can become more severe and can ultimately lead to heart failure and death.

Good news! Identifying aortic stenosis earlier leads to longer, healthier lives.



More than 20% of older Americans have aortic stenosis

Find out more about managing aortic stenosis:

Newly Diagnosed

If you were recently diagnosed with aortic stenosis, you probably have questions. Find out about symptoms, risk factors and treatments.

Track Your Symptoms

It’s important to track your symptom progression to determine if it is getting better or worse. You may not experience noticeable symptoms until the narrowed valve greatly reduces blood flow .

Treatment Options

AS can be treated and managing it appropriately can reduce the negative impact on your quality of life. If you notice a decline in routine physical activities or significant fatigue, it’s worth a visit to your health care professional who may decide to check your valves and heart function with an echocardiogram.

COVID-19 and Heart Valve Disease

Suzanne Arnold, MD, FAHA answers questions for those living with heart valve disease and facing treatment for aortic stenosis.

Mark Ridder photo River Run

Stories of Hope

Mark's journey with heart valve disease began in high school, when a heart murmur was detected in a routine physical exam. Later in life he was diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis, which ultimately turned severe enough to require valve replacement surgery. 

"Being an Ambassador helps me raise awareness about heart valve disease and the treatment options that are available."

Target: Aortic Stenosis

The goal of the Target: Aortic Stenosis program is to enhance the patient experience from symptom onset to appropriate diagnosis and follow-through, to timely treatment and disease management.

For Health Care Professionals

Find news, guidelines and other resources to help you provide the best patient care.

Health Insurance Marketplace

Open enrollment for 2020 ends Dec. 15. Cover your heart and sign up for health insurance today.

Grandmother and granddaughter researching on laptop