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Aortic Stenosis

The aorta is the main artery that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of your body. When the valve between your heart and aorta becomes narrowed, the condition is called aortic valve stenosis.

Because the narrowed opening restricts blood flow, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through the aorta and meet your body's needs. At first, this may not cause any symptoms. As the condition progresses and the valve gets narrower, you may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting. Over time, the strain can weaken your heart and cause heart failure. Severe aortic stenosis is not preventable but can be treated.

Our approach to aortic stenosis

UCSF is internationally recognized for heart care. Our Heart Valve Disease Clinic brings together interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons to provide comprehensive care for patients with aortic valve stenosis. Our experts offer the full range of treatments, from minimally invasive procedures to open-heart surgery. Moreover, our doctors are active in research, meaning our patients have access to the latest therapies and opportunities to take part in clinical trials (studies of promising new treatments).

Awards & recognition

  • usnews-neurology

    Best hospital in Northern California

  • One of the nation’s best in cardiology & heart surgery

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.