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Is there an effective way to mitigate mild aortic valve sclerotic and aortic valve regurgitation?

Is there an effective way to mitigate mild aortic valve sclerotic and aortic valve regurgitation?

Aortic valve: We have no specific steps other than good medical care. If hypertensive it needs treatment, anti atherosclerotic therapy is also appropriate. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Valve (Definition)

A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more


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Hi Sir, My Father in law's age is 73. Recent cardiac examination done on May 14, 2015 showed sclerotic aortic valve with trivial AR, grade 1 diastolic?

Hi Sir, My Father in law's age is 73. Recent cardiac examination done on May 14, 2015 showed sclerotic aortic valve with trivial AR, grade 1 diastolic?

Changes: May be consistent with age. If hypertension, smoker or hyperchloesterolemic those should be managed. Otherwise have him see his Cardiologist or Internist ...Read more

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I made an echocardiographic, the conclusion is. Sclerotic aortic valve, ef ls32%, mild mitral regurgitation&dilated l.A. Am I in ddinger. Lam 47 y?

I made an echocardiographic, the conclusion is. Sclerotic aortic valve, ef ls32%, mild mitral regurgitation&dilated l.A. Am I in ddinger. Lam 47 y?

This is concerning: Of the findings you reported, I am most concerned at this time about your ef of 32%. This needs to be further evaluated as to the cause. Low ejection fractions tend to cause symptoms of heart failure as well as markedly increase your risk of sudden death.
Aortic sclerosis, mild mitral regurgitation and dilated left atrium are findings that need to be monitored; they may progress in the future. ...Read more

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Where is the aortic valve?

Where is the aortic valve?

Between LV and Ao: The aortic valve is a passive flap valve with three leaflets which opens as the left ventricle (LV) ejects blood into the Aorta (Ao). After ejection, the LV relaxes, and when LV pressure is lower than Ao pressure, the aortic valve flaps closed, preventing blood from leaking (regurgitating) back into the heart. ...Read more

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What is aortic valve disease?

Aortic Valve: The aortic valve functions as a valve -no surprise here-. So it can either leak or be restricted (stenotic). Both conditions, when severe, need to be corrected. This is usual done by replacing the defective valve with an artificial one. There are many conditions/diseases that can cause the valve to leak or be restricted. ...Read more

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What is an aortic valve disorder?

What is an aortic valve disorder?

Abnormal valve: The aortic valve is the valve leading out of the heart to the aorta. It may be thickened or calcified. It may then become narrowed. It may also leak. It may become infected, causing damage. ...Read more

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What is the size of the aortic valve?

What is the size of the aortic valve?

1.5-2: 1.5 - 2 CM squared is a normal aortic valve area, though body size must be taken into account. ...Read more

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What is the function of aortic valve?

What is the function of aortic valve?

Aortic Valve: The aortic valve is an integral part of the heart and is located between the left ventricle and the aorta. It opens when the left ventricle contracts (systole) and allows blood to be pumped into the aorta. It closes when the left ventricle fills (diastole). It's function is to prevent blood from flowing back from the aorta while the heart is filling. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of an aortic valve?

What is the purpose of an aortic valve?

Help: When the heart contracts it squirts blood into the aorta; the aortic valve keeps the blood from flowing back into the heart (left ventricle). ...Read more

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What is an extension on the aortic valve?

What is an extension on the aortic valve?

Vegetation?: I'm assuming you mean a pathological extension? It's a vegetation and is due to infection. ...Read more

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What is insufficiency of the aortic valve?

Aortic valve leak.: Aortic valve leak is called aortic insuffiency. It can be due to multiple causes such as rheumatic fever, rheumatoid arthritis, aortic root aneurysm, endocarditis etc. ...Read more

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What causes insufficiency of the aortic valve?

What causes insufficiency of the aortic valve?

Lots of things: Used to be rheumatic heart disease but we see that infrequently now. Congenital problems, like a bicuspid aortic valve. Hypertension. Dissecting aneurysm. Syphilis. Marfan's syndrome. Ankylosing spondylitis. Reiter's syndrome. Lupus. Infection (endocarditis). ...Read more

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Is the aortic valve operation dangerous?

Major surgery: It's a major operation. Survival is >98% in most series. Other premorbid medical conditions like previous stroke, COPD or kidney disease increases the risk. General good health and younger age lower the risk. ...Read more

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Which type of valve is the aortic valve?

Semi-lunar: The aortic valve is a semi-lunar valve. In the majority of people it has 3 half moon shaped leaflets that open during ventricular systole and close during diastole. Morphological, they look similar to the valves in veins. ...Read more

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What is a replacement of the aortic valve?

What is a replacement of the aortic valve?

AVR: Exactly what it says. If there is a problem with the aortic valve (between left ventricle and aorta) (either narrowed -stenotic- or leaking -insufficient) it can be surgically replaced. It can be replaced with a mechanical "metal" or tissue valve "pig valve". ...Read more

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What is the mechanism of the aortic valve?

What is the mechanism of the aortic valve?

Think swinging gate: The aortic valve is like a gate situated at the exit of the heart, that needs to swing open every time blood is ejected from the heart, and then needs to shut tight after ejection, preventing backflow of blood into the heart while it is relaxing. It is comprised of 3 cusps, like the doors of a gate, which swing outward simultaneously, and then come back to swing shut. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of an aortic valve prolapse?

Maybe none: Av prolapse results in aortic regurgitation. Even if it's severe, it may take decades before symtpoms occur, if ever. Symptoms when present may be breathlessness with less than usual activity, anginal type chest pain, or spells of passing out/nearly passing out. ...Read more

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Are there surgeries to repair the aortic valve?

Yes: Some aortic valves can be repaired. Most aortic valve surgery requires a new mechanical or tissue valve to be implanted. ...Read more

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Can you be too old to have aortic valve surgery?

It depends: The most common aortic valve problem is aortic stenosis and it most commonly occurs in people in their 70's or older. Thus it is a condition of the elderly and when it is severe, the only solution is surgical aortic valve replacement. There is no absolute age cutoff for considering surgery but the overall health of the person has to be considered and the older one is, the riskier the surgery is. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of aortic valve repair?

What is the success rate of aortic valve repair?

Aortic valve surgery: Aortic valves are replaced. Mitral valves are repaired if possible, otherwise replaced. The success rates are very high in a typical pt. If bypass surgery is needed or if the pt has alot of other comorbid condtions then risks go up and success rates go down. Over all in low risk pts the rates of success are in excess of 95%. ...Read more

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What's the life span of a mechanical Aortic valve?

May be decades: Mechanical valves are the most durable of all heart valves. The "biological valves" or "tissue valves" usually last a decade or so but have the advantage or lower risk of clotting and less need for anticoagulation. Patients with mechanical valves general should be anticoagulated with Coumadin (warfarin). People who have a long life span and have low risk with anticoagulation are best for mechanical valves ...Read more

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Can aortic valve disease be treated through a catheter?

Depends on pts age: For critical aortic stenosis in elderley pts and who are high risk for surgery to replace valve, there is a procedure called transcutaneous aortic valve replacement (tavr). ...Read more

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Aortic valve regurgitation diagnosed. What is prognosis?

Depends on severity: Mild aortic valve insufficiency can be asymptomatic and watched for years. Severe aortic regurgitation may be a life threatening emergency. Careful follow up and heeding the recommendation of your physician are important. ...Read more

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Is it posible have any other disease after aortic valve and aneurisma surgery?

Heart disease: Aortic valve and aneurysm surgery deals with those problems only. Every other disease remains possible. ...Read more

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Is it normal to hurt while coughing after a week home from aortic valve repair?

Is it normal to hurt while coughing after a week home from aortic valve repair?

Probably yes.: Heart surgery is often done through an incision on your chest which will certainly be tender one week out and more than likely hirt more when you cough. If you had it done percutaneously this may not be the case. Either way it would be a good idea to let your doctor know what's going on if you have any questions this soon after surgery. ...Read more

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What to do if I have aortic valve problem is angiography necessary while I had ecocardiography?

What to do if I have aortic valve problem is angiography necessary while I had ecocardiography?

Just echo: Echo is sufficient unless surgery is immediately indicated. Then an arteriogram should be done beforehand. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Aortic Valve (Definition)

The aortic valve is one of 4 valves in the heart, each of which separates 2 cardiac chambers. It opens when blood is actively ejected from the left ventricle into the aorta artery, to be carried to the rest of the body. It then closes firmly to prevent blood from flowing backwards, while it passively continues to flow forward to body's vital organs. When next heartbeat ...Read more


Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more