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bicuspid arotic valve?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Your question?: You named a valve of the heart. The aortic valve is one of the four valves of the heart. It normally has three leaflets, although in 2% of the population it is found to congenitally have two leaflets.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Dr. Davantiz is correct. If there are only two leaflets, the valve may not open completely, especially as a person gets older. Arnold Schwarzenegger had surgery for a bicuspid valve.
Jan 2, 2014

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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 21 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.
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
I sure agree. Also, will need antibiotics prior to dental procedures that may cause bleeding.
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 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
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the condition called when the bicuspid valve doesn't close?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Aortic Insufficiency: I assume the bicuspid valve here is the aortic valve. A bicuspid aortic valve usually does not close properly and therefore leaks the blood backwards to the left ventricle. This is usually not a major issue until the fifth or sixth decade of life when the valve will likely need to be replaced. A person with bicuspid aortic valve should have regular follow up with a cardiologist.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How does the bicuspid valve function?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 20 years experience
May be normal: The aortic valve is comprised of three leaflets, or cusps, that swing open and closed. Approximately 1% of the population is born with only 2 cups. These swing open and shut in a similar fashion. Depending on the precise architecture of the 2 cusps, there may be increased turbulence of blood flow through the valve, and over time more wear and tear leading to thickening/obstruction, or leaks.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is another name for the bicuspid valve?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
The mitral valve: The only valve normally having just two cusps is the mitral valve which therefore is sometimes called the bicuspid valve.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between the mitral and bicuspid valves?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Nothing - same: The mitral valve or left atrio-ventricular valve is a bicuspid valve. The latter simply means a valve with two leaflets. That is the normal state. A tricuspid valve (3 leaflets) is normally the morphology of the right atrio-ventricular and aortic valves.

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