A 32-year-old member asked:

What happens if someone's bicuspid valve does not close properly?

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Dr. John Wylie
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Aortic insufficiency: When an aortic valve (bicuspid or a normal tricuspid valve) does not close properly, insufficiency or regurgitation ("leaking") results. When mild, this does not have clinical effects, but when severe it can compromise cardiac function.
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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
I sure agree. Also, will need antibiotics prior to dental procedures that may cause bleeding.
Oct 5, 2011
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
undefined 53 years experience
Long standing aortic insufficiency with a significant backward flow gradually enlarges the heart eventually weakening it and causing heart failure. When the situation is clearly progressing toward that end, replacement of the aortic valve is generally done to stop the progression to heart failure.
Mar 19, 2013
Dr. Liviu Klein
Cardiology 25 years experience
Aortic regurgitation: If the bicuspid valve does not close properly, one can develop aortic regurgitation which in time may lead to left ventricular enlargement and heart failure. Depending on the degree of the regurgitation ('leakage'), one can treat it with medications and at some point a valve replacement may be needed. You need to have this followed with echocardiograms at regular intervals to monitor progression.
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