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Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms Occur as the Valve Narrows

Aortic stenosis does not always produce symptoms, at least not right away.

The first sign is typically a heart murmur, which may start months or even years before other symptoms become evident. As the valve narrows, you may expect some or all of these symptoms to occur:

  • Chest pain (angina) or tightness
  • Fainting with exertion
  • Extreme fatigue with exertion
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath, especially with exercise
  • Sensation of rapid or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Neurological symptoms of a stroke or mini-stroke
  • Swollen ankles or feet

Contact Information

Cardiovascular Medicine
Division of the CardioVascular Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215