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Can people with bicuspid aortic valve live long?

Can people with bicuspid aortic valve live long?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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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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I have bicuspid aortic valve with 46mm dilated root. My cardiologist said he wants to see me every 2yrs. I'm anxious that this is a long time! is it?

I have bicuspid aortic valve with 46mm dilated root. My cardiologist said he wants to see me every 2yrs. I'm anxious that this is a long time! is it?

You might ask for: Another opinion, as in your age, with these features, risks of dissection, or catastrophic aortic insufficiency could be sudden. Ask what indications would be for replacement, and how that might be done with your anatomic condition. Is open procedure only choice? ...Read more

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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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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?

See a cardiologist: The valve is normally 3 parts, so yours with only 2 parts will "age" faster. You should have an echocardiogram perhaps annually, to follow the size of the opening. If it begins to narrow too much, surgery is indicated to replace it. ...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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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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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

Dr. Mark Pack
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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