Aortic Stenosis: A Heart Valve Disease

Aortic stenosis is a type of heart disease where the main outlet for blood to be pumped to the body—the aortic valve—becomes narrowed over time.  It's more common with age and if left untreated, can lead to significantly decreased quality of life, heart failure, and even death.  Fortunately,  aortic stenosis (AS) can usually be treated with valve replacement in patients of all ages.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with AS, or may be experiencing its symptoms, talk with a health care professional about the disease and treatment options, and learn more through the resources below.

To learn more about other types of valve disease, visit the Alliance's valve disease page.

 Pocket Film

This short "pocket film" gives a quick look at aortic stenosis—what it means to have the disease, how it's not a normal part of aging, what the latest treatment options are (including TAVR—the latest in valve replacement), and how people of all ages can be good candidates for replacement.

 Educational Quizzes

Are You at Risk?

Take this quiz to find out if you're at risk for aortic stenosis, plus learn more about the disease and how it's treated.  You can also print a copy of your results and find additional helpful information once you're done with the quiz.  If you think you may be at risk, take the printed copy to your next health care professional visit and start an important conversation about your heart health.

 

After Your Diagnosis

If you've been diagnosed with aortic stenosis, take this quiz to learn more about the disease and its treatment.  When you're done, print out your answers and take them to your next health care professional visit to help start a conversation about you and your aortic stenosis.

 

 

 Consumer Brochure

This brochure is designed for people who have been diagnosed with aortic stenosis or who may be at risk for the disease.  Learn more about what aortic stenosis is, how people get it, what the symptoms are, and what treatments are available.

To download or puchase a copy, click here.

 

 

 Expert Videos

This video series features Dr. Jamie Brown, a cardiac surgeon at the University of Maryland Heart Center and an associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  Dr. Brown covers the basics of aortic stenosis in these four short videos.

What is Aortic Stenosis?

Recognizing Aortic Stenosis Symptoms

Screening for Aortic Stenosis

Treating Aortic Stenosis

 Educational Podcasts

This podcast series provides valuable information and perspectives from a cardiologist and two aortic stenosis patients.

 

Dr. Harlan Krumholz is a cardiologist and professor of medicine, epidemiology, and public health at Yale University.  In this podcast, he provides the physician's perspective and discusses many aspects of aortic stenosis including risk factors, diagnosis, when to see a cardiologist, common words used to describe the disease, treatment options, and what to expect after surgery.

Listen to the podcast.

 

Adam Pick is an aortic stenosis patient and valve disease education advocate.  In this podcast, he discusses his experiences including his diagnosis, how he found a surgeon, resources he used to learn about treatment options, and the blog that he created for other heart valve patients.

Listen to the podcast.

 

 

Garry Clarke is an aortic stenosis patient and in this podcast, provides details about his own journey with the disease.  Topics he discusses include his symptoms and when he saw a doctor about them, how he was diagnosed, how his knowledge about the disease progressed, how he felt after surgery, and the resources he recommends.

Listen to the podcast.

 

 Health Care Professional Resources

This guide for health care professionals includes important information on treating aortic stenosis, including highlights from the 2014 ACC/AHA practice guidelines on valve disease.

To download a copy, click here.