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Is aortic insufficiency a valve problem?

Is aortic insufficiency a valve problem?

Yes: Cause and severity dictate significance. Serial studies are important. Close follow up with your doctor mandatory for antibiotic and management recommendations. Some cases are relatively benign and may not require intervention ever, but each case needs to be sorted out. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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29yo male I have a bicuspid aortic valve with minor to mild concentric aortic regurgitation how concerned should I be for problem in the near future?

29yo male I have a bicuspid aortic valve with minor to mild concentric aortic regurgitation how concerned should I be for  problem in the near future?

Minor: Need to be on a surveillance program coordinated with cardiologist to follow aortic insufficiency and aortic enlargement. Need to avoid hypertension and be careful about activities that cause rapid rise in blood pressure like heavy weightlifting or strenuous abrupt effort. Maintain good weight and activity ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: aortic insufficiency?

What is the definition or description of: aortic insufficiency?

Aortic insufficiency: Aortic insufficiency or regurgitation is a condition where the aortic valve in the heart does not close properly, allowing backflow of blood into the heart's left ventricle when the heart relaxes between contractions. This can produce a strain on the heart and lead to heart failure. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy if aortic insufficiency?

Unknown: Life expectancy depends not just on the presence of a diagnosis but also on its severity, comorbidities, and its cause. If the aortic insufficiency is mild and there's no underlying cause (say inborn), chances are the expectancy is minimally decreased if any. Whereas in other cases such as valvular abnormalites as a result of infection or immune process or severe heart defect it may be worse. ...Read more

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Would aortic insufficiency be heard by stethescope if causing symptoms?

Would aortic insufficiency be heard by stethescope if causing symptoms?

Not necessarily: Ai is very difficult to hear. It requires a very quiet room, a high index of suspicion , a careful exam, and often one must ask the patient to sit up and lean forward. ...Read more

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Does anyone on here have aortic insufficiency leak?

Does anyone on here have aortic insufficiency leak?

Probably: Ao. Leak is aortic valve regurgitation. It is a common condition and can be mild to life threatening. However, if you are 34 yrs old and healthy, don't tire easily, have light headedednesss, weakness or an enlarged heart, it is very unlikely you have ao regurgitation. However, if you have any suspicion, it is imperative that you see your physician immediately. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments for aortic insufficiency?

Are there any new treatments for aortic insufficiency?

Not really: The only treatment for significant aortic insufficiency is aortic valve replacement. That said many patients do well and live long lives without surgery if the valve leakage is mild or moderate in degree. ...Read more

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What would cause aortic insufficiency to get worse?

What would cause aortic insufficiency to get worse?

Natural history: Progression is part of he natural history. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can make it worse. An infection on the valve is a medical emergency. Serial echocardiograms are very important. Many patients may never require an intervention. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Aortic Regurgitation (Definition)

Aortic regurgitation is reflux of blood through an incompetent aortic valve into the left ventricle during ventricular diastole (relaxation). During ventricular systole (contraction), blood is pumped from the left ventricle into the aorta. Because of a leaky aortic valve, the pumped blood returns ...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