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A 33-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is bicuspid aortic valve disease?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
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 does require follow up.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about surgery for bicuspid aortic valve disease?

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Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 49 years experience
No surgery: Bicuspid aorta is not indication for surgery. However, with age, bicuspid aorta may progress to aortic stenosis (when valve opening is severely limited). Surgery for aortic stenosis is performed only when the aortic valve area is severely or critically reduced (and not before). Progression from bicuspid aorta to aortic stenosis may take years or decades (even sometimes never) to take place.
Dr. Irving Harper
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
yearly or as recommended by your cardiologist Echocardiograms to evaluate the status of your aortic valves will determine when if you need surgery
May 1, 2014
A 34-year-old member asked:

I have a bicuspid aortic valve, what do I do next?

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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 of the opening. If it begins to narrow too much, surgery is indicated to replace it.
Dr. Diana Metzger
undefined 31 years experience
Annual echos may not be needed until signs of progression start to accellerate
Apr 7, 2013
A 31-year-old member asked:

How serious is a bicuspid aortic valve?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Terrence Cohen
Cardiology 47 years experience
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 become a problem. Also, the valve can be a site on which infections may settle.

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