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Mitral valve: Bicuspid means "two leaflets". The only "normal" bicuspid valve in the heart is the mitral valve. It sits between the left atrium and left ventricle. The valve opens to fill the left ventricle during diastole and closes when the ventricle contracts (systole). The aortic valve is normally tricuspid but some people are born with an abnormal and bicuspid valve which may narrow later in life... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mitral location: Calling it a bicuspid mitral valve is redundant. The mitral valve has two (bi) leaflets and was named for its appearance similar to a bishop's miter. It is located between the left atrium and ventricle and its function is to prevent blood from flowing back into the left atrium when the left ventricle contracts and pumps its content into the aorta. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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