Overview of Aortic Valve Stenosis
Aortic valve stenosis means that the aortic valve, which allows blood to leave the heart, has narrowed and can't open all the way. The smaller opening causes high pressure in the left side of the heart (called the left ventricle), and the heart has to work harder to pump blood.
Over time, the extra work causes the walls of the left ventricle to thicken. A thick heart does not work well and is unable to pump the amount of blood your body needs. Patients feel shortness of breath, dizziness, and chest pain.
Aortic Valve Stenosis in Depth
Learn more about aortic valve stenosis from Intermountain's Patient Education Library:
Treatments for Aortic Valve Stenosis
Your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you. Possible treatments for aortic valve stenosis include:
Services and Programs
Services and programs at Intermountain Heart Institute for patients with aortic valve stenosis:
Research in Aortic Valve Stenosis
The Heart Institute currently has one or more clinical trials that are enrolling patients with aortic valve stenosis. Learn more about our clinical trials.