Identifying aortic stenosis early on enables you to explore treatment options and make the best choice for your lifestyle.
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
Video: Aortic Stenosis Explained
What is aortic stenosis? Watch this video to see how it happens, learn about the symptoms and understand your treatment options.
Find out more about managing aortic stenosis:
If you were recently diagnosed with aortic stenosis, you probably have questions. Find out about symptoms, risk factors and treatments.
Monitor 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.
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.
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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.
The Alliance For Aging Research(link opens in new window) and Heart Valve Voice US(link opens in new window) are patient organizations proud to participate in the American Heart Association's Target: Aortic Stenosis initiative.