Home > Heart Disease > Aortic Valve Disease Get the Flash Player to see this player. Rate: (Click the stars to rate) Published on Apr 29, 2009 by WFearon, Views: 6011 Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve, which is the valve between the heart and the aorta-the main blood vessel of the body. Symptoms of aortic stenosis include shortness of breath, leg swelling, chest pain, and syncope- or passing out, fainting. An echocardiogram or ultrasound of the heart confirms the diagnosis. Surgery is the traditional treatment for severe aortic stenosis, but valves done through catheters are being tested.