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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.

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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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Is having a leaking aortic valve related to an aortic aneurysm?

Is having a leaking aortic valve related to an aortic aneurysm?

Sometimes: Thoracic aortic enlargement and aneurysm can dilate the aortic valve annulus and leakage can occur. Also with aortic valvular stenosis, post stenotic dilation can occur. Abdominal aneurysms are not usually related to valve issues.

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My mom is 85 and 18 months ago had heart failure due to a leaky aortic valve & af how long will the valve last? & what's going to happen?

My mom is 85 and 18 months ago had heart failure due to a leaky aortic valve & af how long will the valve last? & what's going to happen?

Valve replacement?: If she had a new valve implanted, it will last her the rest of her life. If not, her candidacy for valve replacement will depend on her general health, other illnesses, and motivation. Heart failure due aortic regurgitation is ominous, especially in view of her age. CHF can be treated with medications but will eventually get worse. Af requires anticoagulation and control with medication

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Where is the aortic valve located?

Where is the aortic valve located?

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).

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What is another name for aortic valve?

What is another name for aortic valve?

Semi-lunar: It is one of 2 semi-lunar valves (the other is the pulmonic valve) but the aortic valve per se has no other unique name (in english).

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What are the symptoms of aortic valve insufficiency?

What are the symptoms of aortic valve insufficiency?

Shortness of breath: If valve insufficiency is mild or moderate, you may not have any symptoms. Severe valve insufficiency causes significant back flow of the blood causing enlarged heart chamber and congestion of blood to structure before the valve (lung or liver) causing shortness of breath and heart failure symptoms.

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What is the definition or description of: aortic valve?

Exit door of heart: 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 comes, it opens again.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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What are treatments for aortic valve problems?

What are treatments for aortic valve problems?

Depends: It depends on the type of aortic valve problem, insufficiency or stenosis. Both have different degress (mild, moderate, severe) and treatment is different in each category. They may have different etiologies also which will require different approaches to treatment as well. Severe forms of either malady will eventually need aortic valve replacement.

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What causes someone to develop aortic valve stenosis?

What causes someone to develop aortic valve stenosis?

Congenital, acquired: Bicuspid aortic valves are an anatomic variant seen in 2% of the population. They are prone to develop aortic stenosis. The more common is degenerative or senile which is seen in the elderly. The cause is likely multifactorial and may share some similarity to atherosclerosis.

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What patients are too old to have aortic valve surgery?

What patients are too old to have aortic valve surgery?

Depends: It depends more on the patients underlying health rather than age. There are 60 year olds who will do poorly and 80 year olds who do well. It depends on the individual.

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What is an aortic valve replacement?

What is an aortic valve replacement?

Surgical procedure: Aortic valve replacement is a surgical operation where the heart is stopped while the body is on cardiopulmonary bypass machine. The diseased valve is cut out and a new prosthetic valve from a pig or cow or a mechanical valve is sewn in. The operation takes 3-4 hours to complete and you can stay in hospital for 4-7 days.

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Does alcohol cause aortic valve stenosis?

Does alcohol cause aortic valve stenosis?

No: Aortic stenosis is a condition in which the aortic valve of the heart is narrowed and flow out of the left ventricle is restricted. Alcohol is not one of the causes of aortic stenosis.

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How dangerous is an aortic valve replacement?

How dangerous is an aortic valve replacement?

Reasonably safe: Generally aortic valve replacement is a reasonably safe procedure. The operative risks however depends on the overall condition of the heart, age, presence or absence of other problems such as lung and kidney disease and the overall physical strength of the patient. In most cases the surgical risk should be less than 5% chance of a bad outcome.

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When does the aortic valve close in the heart?

When does the aortic valve close in the heart?

During diastole: The aortic valve open to let the blood out of the left ventricle and into the aorta (the main vessel of the body) during systole (when the ventricle contracts) and closes in diastole to prevent regurgitation of the blood from the aorta back into the left ventricle. During this time the blood is moving from the atria and filling the ventricles.

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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