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Dr. Roberto Rodriguez
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Bicuspid Aortic Valve (Overview)

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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Where do they cut when replacing a bicuspid aortic valve?

Where do they cut when replacing a bicuspid aortic valve?

Many: The standard approach is a full sternotomy. There are 2 minimally invasive approaches; a mini upper sternotomy and a mini right anterior thoracotomy. If you are having an isolated aortic valve procedure, you should find a surgeon with minimally invasive experience. The transcatheter approach is only used for high risk and inoperable patients and it is contraindicated for bicuspid valves. ...Read more

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Dr. Roberto Rodriguez
67 doctors shared insights

Bicuspid Aortic Valve (Overview)

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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I have a severe bicuspid aortic valve regurgitation I am 22 years of age I have symptoms how will i know if im about to die?

I have a severe bicuspid aortic valve regurgitation I am 22 years of age I have symptoms how will i know if im about to die?

See a cardiologist: Aortic regurgitation results in stretching of the pumping chamber of the heart due to the increase blood volume and pressure. Patients often do not have symptoms until the muscle is stretched so far that it does not contract well. By that time, repair may not improve symptoms. It is important to have measurements of the heart size and aorta to know when valve replacement is needed. ...Read more

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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Checklist)

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Hello, I was diagnosed with bicuspid aortic valve - should I be worried?

Hello, I was diagnosed with bicuspid aortic valve - should I be worried?

Need f/u: There is a strong likelihood that you will need to have your aortic valve replaced with/without aortic root reconstruction sometime during your life. But it's not 100%. You will need annual follow up with a cardiologist. ...Read more

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I need to lose weight to keep my heart healthy (have bicuspid aortic valve). Are the slim-fast or Atkins dietshakes unhealthy & do they actually work?

I need to lose weight to keep my heart healthy (have bicuspid aortic valve). Are the slim-fast or Atkins dietshakes unhealthy & do they actually work?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines.Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a bicuspid aortic valve to cause seizures?

Is it possible for a bicuspid aortic valve to cause seizures?

No!!: A bav puts a person at higher risk for needing heart valve surgery in middle age and older. But heart valve disease does not cause seizures. Seizures are a neurological disorder. ...Read more

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What kind of meds or treatment can b used to treat a bicuspid aortic valve & what can b done to prevent it from leaking?

Depends on severity: Aortic valve regurgitation cannot be cured with medications. Depending on the severity of the regurgitation, they can observe it if it is mild to moderate. Observing is different than ignoring it. If it is severe, they can either repair it or replace it, both options are surgical. Drugs are used to decrease the regurgitation by lowering the blood pressure and preventing accumulation of fluid. ...Read more

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Bicuspid aortic valve & aortic stenosis. Baby sometimes gets a blue tongue, is there a way to treat this?

Bicuspid aortic valve & aortic stenosis. Baby sometimes gets a blue tongue, is there a way to treat this?

Yes: Bicuspid valve is a relatively common condition and most tolerate until adulthood and valve replacement. Some are treated in children with valve dilation, open repair or rarely with replacement since so small. If cyanosis is happening, need evaluation for endocardiac shunting ( pfo, asd, vsd ) etc. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve. What are the best treatments?

I have been diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve. What are the best treatments?

None if not stenotic: No treatments necessary if you have no problems .Usually gets calcified later, in life in sixty"s need echo monitoring to asses and watch. Yje pic shows a tricuspid aortic valve. Bi cuspid valve has only 2 cusps and had tendency ti become stenotic. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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