Aortic Valve Stenosis: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 11/3/2020

Aortic valve stenosis refers to a narrowing of the aortic valve of the heart, the valve that connects the heart to the aorta, the largest artery that supplies blood top the body.

Signs and symptoms of aortic valve stenosis include

Other associated symptoms and signs can include

Causes of aortic valve stenosis

Aortic valve stenosis can be congenital (present at birth). Scarring due to rheumatic fever or other conditions may also cause aortic valve stenosis. It can also arise due to wear and tear on the valve in elderly people.

Other aortic valve stenosis symptoms and signs

  • Chest Pain
  • Decline in Activity Level or Reduced Ability to do Normal Activities
  • Difficulty Walking Short Distances
  • Fainting
  • Feeling Dizzy or Lightheaded
  • Swollen Ankles or Feet Due to Heart Failure
  • Trouble Breathing or Shortness of Breath


In the U.S., 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. See Answer

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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.