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Aortic stenosis

If you have symptoms of aortic stenosis, our multidisciplinary cardiac teams can diagnose and treat the disease

About

Aortic stenosis affects the aortic valve in your heart. 'Stenosis' means narrowing. When a valve is stenosed, it is unable to fully open. This restricts blood flow and means the heart has to work harder to pump blood through. Stenosis usually affects older people.

Need to know

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    Aortic stenosis affects the aortic heart valve. This is the valve that controls blood flow as it leaves the heart to the body. Symptoms are varied and include:

    • shortness of breath
    • chest pain, especially when active
    • faintness and dizziness
    • extreme fatigue, especially on exertion

    Over time, aortic stenosis can weaken the heart and lead to heart failure. It can present with sudden death.

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    Diagnosing aortic stenosis early is key to successful treatment. Tests include:

    • Auscultation. This is when your consultant listens to your heart with a stethoscope, aortic stenosis produces a characteristic murmur between the heart sounds.
    • Echocardiogram. This allows your consultant to assess the condition of the aortic valve and the way blood flows through your heart. It's the primary way to assess the severity of the condition
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    Your consultant will discuss your treatment options and help to determine the best approach for you. Surgery is an effective treatment for aortic stenosis. During the procedure, the valve is repaired via an incision to the chest. The usual recovery time is four to eight weeks. In an increasing number of patients, an alternative treatment called (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) TAVI is used to implant a new aortic valve without heart surgery.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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