Aortic Stenosis

I think the future is that everyone who needs a valve will get a transcatheter valve...It’s going to become the standard - Dr. Catherine M. Otto

Aortic Stenosis
Aortic Stenosis

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Building a Better Valve


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 Building a Better Valve

A new approach to replacing narrowed heart valves allows older and sicker patients to survive treatment.

Bicuspid Aortic Foundation

The Bicuspid Aortic Foundation is committed to promoting the well being of those affected by thoracic aortic disease and supporting the pioneering work of dedicated aortic physicians on the leading edge of treatment

Jim's Bicuspid Heart Valve Diary

A recap of goings on in relation to my bicuspid aortic valve disease and aortic aneurysm.

For people who have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and who are high-risk or too sick for open heart surgery, another option is available—transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This procedure can also be referred to as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). It is a less invasive procedure that does not require open heart surgery.

Anthony's Heart Valve Replacement Saga

Having a big heart is a serious condition.


Aortic stenosis (AS) is a valvular heart disease characterized by narrowing of the aortic valve. As a result, the outflow of blood from the left ventricle into the aorta is obstructed. This leads to chronic and progressive excess load on the left ventricle and potentially left ventricular failure. The patient may remain asymptomatic for long periods of time; for this reason, AS is often detected late, i.e., when it first becomes symptomatic (dyspnea on exertion, angina pectoris, or syncope).


This blog is dedicated to giving patients, family members, and physicians quality medical information about the aorta, its diseases, and how to treat them.

The first and second heart sounds are normal. The murmur starts shortly after the first heart sound and ends before the second heart sound. The murmur is mid to high pitched.

Mayo Clinic

Aortic valve stenosis can be treated effectively with surgery. However, you'll need regular follow-up appointments with your doctor to check for any changes in your condition. You may still be at risk of irregular heart rhythms even after you've been treated for aortic valve stenosis. You may need to take medications to lower that risk. If your heart has become weakened from aortic valve stenosis, you may need medications to treat heart failure.


Aortic stenosis can be caused by congenital bicuspid aortic valve, scarred aortic valve of rheumatic fever, and wearing of aortic valve in the elderly. Aortic stenosis can cause chest pain, fainting, and heart failure leading to shortness of breath.


Some of the main risks of an aortic valve replacement include: •wound, lung, bladder or heart valve infections •blood clots •strokes •a temporarily irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) •reduced kidney function for a few days


Patients with AS should avoid heavy exertion. Symptomatic patients require early surgical intervention because no medical therapy for AS is able to improve outcome. Treatment of high surgical risk patients has been modified with the introduction of TAVI.

The Auscultation Assistant

One of the most frequent pathologic systolic murmurs is due to aortic stenosis. Most commonly, aortic stenosis arises from one of three conditions. A patient may be born with a congenital stenosis, or acquire the stenosis from secondary conditions such as rheumatic heart disease or idiopathic calcification of the valves. Persons born with an abnormal bicuspid valve are particularly susceptible to calcification later in life.

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