Aortic Valve Disorders

An overworked heart muscle will become weaker over time, leading to congestive heart failure. Knowing the signs and symptoms of heart valve disorders can help you get the diagnosis and treatments you need.

  • Aortic Valve and Mitral Valve Disorders

    Your heart valves are located inside the chambers of your heart. Both valves contain “flaps” that channel the blood either into or out of the heart. Two common conditions are:

    • Aortic valve stenosis. The valve narrows, causing less blood to flow to the heart chamber
    • Mitral valve stenosis. The valve opening is not wide enough. This causes the heart to work harder in order to pump blood throughout the body. Mitral valve stenosis may cause subtle symptoms that only your doctor can detect.
  • Signs and Symptoms

    Diseases of the aortic valve and mitral valve have similar signs and symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with one of our heart doctors for a comprehensive, expert diagnosis.


    • Chest pain (angina) or tightness
    • Fatigue
    • Shortness of breath
    • Heart palpitations (a rapid, fluttering heartbeat)
    • Feeling faint
    • Dizziness
    • Heart murmur
    • Swollen feet and ankles
    • Frequent respiratory infections
    • Heavy coughing, often accompanied by blood-tinged mucous
  • Treatment

    At Sentara Heart, our heart surgeons use the latest advances in heart technology to treat heart valve disorders. We can repair or replace the heart valve, often using a minimally invasive procedure.

    Our heart team performs:

    • Mitral valve repair or replacement
    • Aortic valve repair or replacement
    • Tricuspid valve repair or replacement
    • Atrial septal defect repairs
    • MAZE procedure for atrial fibrillation