Doctor insights on: Bicuspid aortic valve life expectancy

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How serious is a bicuspid aortic valve?

How serious is a bicuspid aortic valve?

Needs to be followed: The normal aortic valve has 3 leaflets but the bicuspid valve only has 2. It is the most common valve congenital malformation. About 1-2%. The natural course is for the valve to get stiffer over time and not open wide enough. This is called stenosis. Most pts need aortic valve replacement by their 50-60's. Until that time though it should not have a significant impact. Need antibiotics for dental. ...Read more

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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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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How dangerous is bicuspid aortic valve disease?

Bicuspid: Bicuspid aortic valve disease can go lifelong without causing a problem but in some people does progress to aortic stenosis, insufficiency or both. It does require follow up. ...Read more

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I have a bicuspid aortic valve, what do I do next?

I have a bicuspid aortic valve, what do I do next?

Bicuspid valve: 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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is exercise bad for a bicuspid aortic valve patient?

Is exercise bad for a bicuspid aortic valve patient?

Can be: At times, because a bicuspid aortic valve is associated with either aortic insufficiency, aortic stenosis, chest pain and shortness of breath. This patient should avoid strenuous exercise. Usually will lead to aortic valve replacement by the age of 45-60. ...Read more

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What is surgery like for bicuspid aortic valve disease?

What is surgery like for bicuspid aortic valve disease?

Valve Replacement: If you have a bicuspid aortic valve (normally there are 3 leaflets, but in this case 2 are fused together from birth) the valve often develops either leakiness/ regurgitation or stiffness / stenosis.
The treatment is open heart surgery with valve replacement. This could be either a tissue valve or a mechanical valve.
Check with your doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about surgery for bicuspid aortic valve disease?

No surgery: Bicuspid aorta is not indication for surgery.
However, with age, bicuspid aorta may progress to aortic stenosis (when valve opening is severely limited). Surgery for aortic stenosis is performed only when the aortic valve area is severely or critically reduced (and not before). Progression from bicuspid aorta to aortic stenosis may take years or decades (even sometimes never) to take place. ...Read more

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What would happen if a person with a mild bicuspid aortic valve did cocaine?

What would happen if a person with a mild bicuspid aortic valve did cocaine?

Cocaine: More strain on heart and cardiovascular system in general. ...Read more

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My 3-year-old brother has a bicuspid aortic valve. Is this something serious?

Maybe: The bicuspid aortic valve means it has 2 leaflets instead of three. Tis may not ever cause a problem. It can be hereditary. A cardiologist usually follows up on the condition. Aortic regurgitation can occur. Surgery is only sometimes necessary. ...Read more

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Is it true that high intensity exercise bad for a bicuspid aortic valve patient?

Is it true that high intensity exercise bad for a bicuspid aortic valve patient?

Exercise: There is no evidence that high intensity exercise is problematic for a person with a bicuspid aortic valve that is functioning normally. ...Read more

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My 3 month old has been told they may have a unicuspid or bicuspid aortic valve but cardio isn't sure yet. If it is none of them what can it be?

My 3 month old has been told they may have a unicuspid or bicuspid aortic valve but cardio isn't sure yet. If it is none of them what can it be?

MGT: More details describing symptoms and the quality of the murmur would be helpful in answering your question. If there is any respiratory difficulty, sweating, feeding difficulty and/or poor growth, please see the ED right away. A virtual in box consultation can be booked online and his ECHO uploaded for review. ...Read more

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Can people with bicuspid aortic valve live long?

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. ...Read more

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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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How fast do things get bad in children with a bicuspid aortic valve?

How fast do things get bad in children with a bicuspid aortic valve?

Later in life: Bicuspid aortic valve typically causes problems around 50 years of age even though the problem is present at birth. The rule of thumb is that one third of patients develop aortic stenosis, one third of patients develop aortic regurgitation, and one third of patients remain asymptomatic. ...Read more

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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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Ihss and bicuspid aortic valve?

HCM: Not sure what you're asking. Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy in series with a bicuspid aortic valve has a potential for real trouble if the bicuspid becomes stenotic. If the bicuspid valve isn't stenotic, then the physiology is dictated by the ihss primarily. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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


Dr. Roberto Rodriguez
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Bicuspid Aortic Valve (Definition)

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 ...Read more