Your doctor will discuss your treatment options based on the severity of your condition and your overall health.

  • Careful Monitoring: If your aortic valve stenosis is mild or moderate without noticeable symptoms, your doctor may recommend monitoring your condition with more frequent office visits and repeat testing.

  • Medications: If you do have symptoms from your aortic valve stenosis, certain heart medications may help you feel better. Your doctor will discuss if medications are a good option for you.

  • Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement: Many patients require open heart surgery to treat aortic stenosis. During this surgery, called aortic valve replacement, a cardiovascular surgeon removes the diseased valve and replaces it with either a mechanical or tissue valve.

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR): Certain patients may be eligible for a less invasive method of replacing the aortic valve called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). During TAVR, the doctor delivers the new valve using a balloon-tipped catheter. This procedure does not require open heart surgery.

  • Valvuloplasty: During this procedure, the doctor inflates a balloon-tipped catheter inside the narrowed valve to increase the valve's mobility. This can increase the blood volume pumped out with each heartbeat.

More Information About Heart Procedures and Surgeries for Aortic Valve Stenosis


Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement

Patients with aortic stenosis may need this heart surgery to repair or replace their aortic valve.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is valve replacement without open-heart surgery.