How is aortic stenosis diagnosed?

To diagnose aortic stenosis, your doctor might listen to the sound of your heart with a stethoscope (auscultation) to detect a "heart murmur", which is a common sign of aortic stenosis.1

Upon listening to your heart, your doctor may detect a heart murmur, usually a first sign of heart valve disease.2

I am nervous about the tests for aortic stenosis

The diagnostic tests for aortic stenosis are non-invasive. Ask your doctor if you have any question about these tests.

Guide on how to talk with your doctor

Types of diagnostic tests

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
Chest x-ray
Exercise or stress tests
Cardiac computerised tomography (CT) scan

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Valvular Heart Disease. Available at: Accessed 17 October 2023.
2. Osnabrugge RLJ, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol 2013;62:1002–12.