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aortic heart valve disease or regurgitation what's the difference?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Aortic valve disease: The two major aortic valve abnormalities are stenosis and insufficiency(regurgitation). Stenosis is like a door that doesn't open sufficiently and insufficiency is like a door that doesn't close sufficiently. When there is too much stenosis blood flow out of the heart is impeded. Too much insufficiency and the heart has to pump lots of extra blood to compensate. They can coexist.

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