Is aortic stenosis a preventable disease?

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2003 Aug 20;42(4):593-9. doi: 10.1016/s0735-1097(03)00786-1.


Aortic stenosis (AS) is the most common valvular disease requiring valve replacement. Its prevalence increases with age. When the severity of AS is only mild to moderate, it is well tolerated. When it becomes severe, AS confers significant morbidity and mortality. Adverse events can be avoided if it is possible to prevent or retard the progression from mild or moderate AS to severe AS. Progression of AS parallels the progression of sclerotic changes involving the aortic valve, which share histological and immunochemical similarities with the process of atherosclerosis. Far from being just a degenerative process, the development of AS is a complex and highly regulated process with a number of modifiable factors. One of the key factors appears to be lipoproteins, which are intimately involved in several pathways crucial to the development of AS. The importance of lipoproteins is further supported by epidemiological and clinical studies showing a strong association between lipoproteins and AS. The time has come to initiate prospective studies to assess the effect of cholesterol lowering on the progression of AS.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aortic Valve / pathology
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis* / chemically induced
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis* / metabolism
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis* / pathology
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis* / prevention & control
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Lipoproteins / metabolism
  • Models, Animal
  • Sclerosis


  • Lipoproteins