Aortic Stenosis

What is aortic stenosis?

Aortic stenosis is one of the most life-threatening conditions associated with a heart murmur. It affects the valves in the heart and occurs when the aortic valve opening narrows, lowering blood flow through the valve. When the valve becomes diseased, it makes the heart work much harder to push blood through the body, and heart problems develop.

Causes:

  • Aging (most common)
  • Birth defect
  • Calcium build-up on the aortic valve
  • Radiation therapy
  • Rheumatic fever

Symptoms:

Aortic stenosis can occur with no outward symptoms and may go undetected. When it becomes severe and symptoms develop, it can be life-threatening.

  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath (especially with activity)
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting

Treatment:

No drug therapy exists for aortic stenosis, so surgical replacement of the diseased valve is the only effective treatment. Valve replacement can greatly increase survival, relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. This may be done through:

  • Open heart surgery
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV), which is a procedure where a balloon is opened inside the narrowed valve then removed. The effect is temporary but may improve symptoms.

Contact Us

Our Valve Clinic specializes in the TAVR procedure and offers comprehensive care for patients with aortic stenosis. To schedule an appointment, call us at 901-763-0200.

Methodist Valve Clinic
7460 Wolf River Blvd.
Germantown, TN 38138

Cardiology Locations

UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 1938 Crescent Meadow
UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 1938 Crescent Meadow

1938 Crescent Meadow Drive
Holly Springs, MS 38635

901-435-8550

Sutherland Cardiology Clinic
Sutherland Cardiology Clinic

7460 Wolf River Blvd.
Germantown, TN 38138

901-763-0200

Methodist Medical Group - Cardiovascular Surgery Germantown
Methodist Medical Group - Cardiovascular Surgery Germantown

7655 Poplar Ave., Suite 350
Germantown, TN 38138

901-761-2470

UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 4250 Bethel
UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 4250 Bethel

4250 Bethel Road, 5th Floor
Olive Branch, MS 38654

901-435-8550

UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 3950 New Covington Pike
UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 3950 New Covington Pike

3950 New Covington Pike, Suite 220
Memphis, TN 38128

901-435-8550

UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 57 Germantown
UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 57 Germantown

57 Germantown Court, Suite 100
Memphis, TN 38108

901-435-8550

UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 1211 Union
UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 1211 Union

1211 Union Avenue, Suite 965
Memphis, TN 38104

901-435-8550

Methodist Medical Group - Cardiovascular Surgery North
Methodist Medical Group - Cardiovascular Surgery North

3950 New Covington Pike, Suite 290
Memphis, TN 38128

901-383-8232

UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 1251 Wesley
UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 1251 Wesley

1251 Wesley Drive, Suite 153
Memphis, TN 38116

901-435-8550

Methodist Medical Group - Cardiovascular Surgery Midtown
Methodist Medical Group - Cardiovascular Surgery Midtown

1325 Eastmoreland Ave., Suite 365
Memphis, TN 38104

901-272-6030

UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 900 N. 7th
UT Methodist Physicians Cardiology - 900 N. 7th

900 N. 7th Street
West Memphis, AR 72301

901-435-8550

Methodist North Hospital
Methodist North Hospital

3960 New Covington Pike
Memphis, TN 38128

901-516-5200

Methodist University Hospital
Methodist University Hospital

1265 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

901-516-7000

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital
Methodist Olive Branch Hospital

4250 Bethel Rd.
Olive Branch, MS 38654

662-932-9000

Methodist South Hospital
Methodist South Hospital

1300 Wesley Dr.
Memphis, TN 38116

901-516-3700

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital
Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital

7691 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138

901-516-6000