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can people with bicuspid aortic valve live long?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: Pts with congenital bicuspid aortic valves are monitored with 2-d echos and with regular follow up in office . With a younger pt over time the valve typically progresses and needs replacing. Timming is critical. All siblings should also be screened.
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes but don't ignore: The aortic valve normally has three cusps, or leaflets. Some people are born with only two cusps of this valve, and this abnormality does increase the chance that the valve will deteriorate and require replacement. Also associated with the bicuspid aortic valve is a tendency for the first segment of the aorta to enlarge into an aneurysm. A cardiologist should monitor these conditions.

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