Aortic Valve Stenosis | Diagnosis

How is aortic valve stenosis diagnosed?

Diagnosing aortic valve stenosis usually involves several steps. Often, a clinician will first notice that your child has a heart murmur, a telltale noise blood makes as it flows from the left ventricle to the aorta.

Heart murmurs can be detected with a stethoscope during a routine physical examination or with an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG). Sometimes, the murmur may emerge when the child is being tested or treated for another condition altogether.

The loudness of the murmur, the location in the chest it is best heard and the types of noise it causes (such as gurgling or blowing) will all give your child’s clinician a better idea of the nature of your child’s heart problem.

Although exams and electrocardiograms can suggest the possibility of aortic valve stenosis, an echocardiogram is the definitive test used to confirm the diagnosis.

Other tests your child’s clinician might order to make, or rule out, a diagnosis of aortic valve stenosis can include: