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what is the definition or description of: bicuspid aortic valve?

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Dr. Michael Curren
Cardiology 14 years experience
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 narrowing causes the heart to work harder to pump blood, which can cause heart problems in the long term. People with bicuspid aortic valves usually require valve replacement surgery at some point in their lives. Bicuspid valves run in families.
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Aortic valve: Normal aortic valve has three leaflets. Bicuspid aortic valve developmental abnormality that has two leaflets instead of three. Looks like fish mouth. Prone to disease over time does create murmur frequently. Calcium deposits on valve can cause aortic stenosis limited excursion restricts flow. Can be higher risk for infection.

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When is an intra-aortic balloon pump an appropriate treatment for heart failure?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe: End of life issues should be well delineated prior to reaching this point and goals and objectives understood clearly by the patient and all persons involved.
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Is a descending aortic aneurysm more dangerous than an ascending aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Laura Pak
Vascular Surgery 28 years experience
Depends: Aneurysms are dangerous because many people don't know they have them until they rupture. Screening is important for people over 65 with family history of aneurysm, smoking or htn. Ascending aneurysms and para visceral (upper abdomen) aneurysms are probably the most challenging to repair.
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What does it mean when an aortic aneurysm ruptures?

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Dr. Laura Pak
Vascular Surgery 28 years experience
It bursts: The wall of the aorta tears because of increased pressure from the expanding aneurysm. Ruptures can be "contained, " with the bleeding confined by the lining of the abdominal cavity, or they can be "free ruptures, " when the bleeding occurs into the abdominal cavity. The second type is more deadly. Mortality with ruptured aneurysms is 50-90%. As many as 50% of people die before reaching the hospital.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What exercise equipment in the gym should be avoided if you have aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
A better question...: Is, have you been evaluated by a surgeon for repair of this aneurism? This is not a question you should be asking in an online forum. This is something you must discuss with your doctor and/or surgeon. Failing to do so could result in limb loss from embolism, or the aneurism could rupture and you could die.
A 40-year-old member asked:

When are aortic aneurysm repairs performed?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Based on size: The risk of rupture of an aortic aneurysm increases with its size (diameter). When the size reaches a certain threshold, the risk of rupture becomes substantial. At this point, a repair is justified either with surgery or a percutaneous stent graft.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Depends. Man or woman? Thoracic or abdominal? Age? Symptoms? Effect on other organs? Mental and general health status?
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