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medicine for bicuspid aortic valve

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terrence Cohen
46 years experience Cardiology
May worsen with age: This is a not uncommon congenital variant which is typically aysmptomatic for many years. With aging, leakage from the valve not closing properly may ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Needs to be followed: The normal aortic valve has 3 leaflets but the bicuspid valve only has 2. It is the most common valve congenital malformation. About 1-2%. The natural ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Bicuspid: Bicuspid aortic valve disease can go lifelong without causing a problem but in some people does progress to aortic stenosis, insufficiency or both. It ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
33 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Pts with congenital bicuspid aortic valves are monitored with 2-d echos and with regular follow up in office . With a younger pt over time the valve t ... Read More
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Dr. Alan Heldman
33 years experience Cardiology
Yes but don't ignore: The aortic valve normally has three cusps, or leaflets. Some people are born with only two cusps of this valve, and this abnormality does increase th ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cynthia Point
Specializes in Internal Medicine
See a cardiologist: The valve is normally 3 parts, so yours with only 2 parts will "age" faster. You should have an echocardiogram perhaps annually, to follow the size o ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
55 years experience Cardiology
BAV OR CBAV: Although I have seldom seen it abbreviated, bav for bicuspid aortic valve or cbav for congenital bicuspid aortic valve are abbreviations occasionally ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Cossu
33 years experience Cardiology
Several: The standard surgical approach is via a mi sternotomy approach. Currently there are centers performing the surgery via a minimal thoracotomy incision ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Curren
14 years experience Cardiology
Abnormal heart valve: A bicuspid aortic valve is a condition that is present from birth. The aortic valve doesn't form normally, resulting in a narrowing of the valve. This ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
38 years experience Cardiology
Later in life: Bicuspid aortic valve typically causes problems around 50 years of age even though the problem is present at birth. The rule of thumb is that one thi ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
44 years experience Cardiology
Need f/u: There is a strong likelihood that you will need to have your aortic valve replaced with/without aortic root reconstruction sometime during your life. ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
36 years experience Cardiology
Can be: At times, because a bicuspid aortic valve is associated with either aortic insufficiency, aortic stenosis, chest pain and shortness of breath. This p ... Read More
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