In aortic valve stenosis, the aortic valve narrows, stiffens or does not open completely. This reduces blood flow from the heart. The heart then pumps harder to push blood through the affected valve.
Aortic stenosis may cause chest pains, breathlessness or weakness. There may be no symptoms until the later stages of disease. Stenosis also may occur in the mitral, pulmonary or tricuspid heart valves.
Expertise With Newest Treatments
Valve surgery may be needed to correct stenosis and restore healthy blood flow. Our surgeons excel at valve repair, replacement and transplant with minimally invasive techniques.
Experts at Abington Health’s Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease are highly skilled with the latest methods for treating stenosis. These procedures include transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, for older patients or those who cannot have open-heart surgery and aortic valve bypass.