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Dr. Ralph Wharton
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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have a severe bicuspid aortic valve regurgitation I am 22 years of age I have symptoms how will i know if im about to die?

I have a severe bicuspid aortic valve regurgitation I am 22 years of age I have symptoms how will i know if im about to die?

See a cardiologist: Aortic regurgitation results in stretching of the pumping chamber of the heart due to the increase blood volume and pressure. Patients often do not have symptoms until the muscle is stretched so far that it does not contract well. By that time, repair may not improve symptoms. It is important to have measurements of the heart size and aorta to know when valve replacement is needed. ...Read more

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Will COPD and heart problems compound the symptoms and make them worse. I have stage 1close to 2 COPD and aortic valve insufficiency + irreg. Heartbea?

Will COPD and heart problems compound the symptoms and make them worse. I have stage 1close to 2 COPD and aortic valve insufficiency + irreg. Heartbea?

Yes: COPD and aortic valve regurgitation, if significant enough, can both make you short of breath. Working harder to breathe secondary to copd, or the volume overload of a leaky aortic valve can both increase your likelihood of atrial arrhythmias, . ...Read more

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Is it safe to use ventolin and nitroglycerin pump to relieve symptoms of aortic valve stenosis?

Is it safe to use ventolin and nitroglycerin pump to relieve symptoms of aortic valve stenosis?

Aortic stenosis: Nitroglycerin is dangerous to use with severe or critical aortic stenosis as it can cause a drop in blood pressure for which the heart cannot compensate due to the obstruction to outflow of the heart through the obstructed aortic valve. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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What is an aortic valve?

What is an aortic valve?

See Below: The aortic valve lies between the left ventricle and the aorta. The left ventricle contracts and sends oxygenated blood to the body, it then relaxes and the aortic valve closes to prevent the blood from returning to the heart. ...Read more

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Where is the aortic valve?

Where is the aortic valve?

Between LV and Ao: The aortic valve is a passive flap valve with three leaflets which opens as the left ventricle (LV) ejects blood into the Aorta (Ao). After ejection, the LV relaxes, and when LV pressure is lower than Ao pressure, the aortic valve flaps closed, preventing blood from leaking (regurgitating) back into the heart. ...Read more

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What is in the aortic valve?

Left side: The aortic valve is the outflow valve and it is located on the left side of the heart. It opens to allow blood to leave the left ventricle and it closes to prevent backflow of blood into the ventricle. ...Read more

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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