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What is the purpose of an aortic valve?

What is the purpose of an aortic valve?

Help: When the heart contracts it squirts blood into the aorta; the aortic valve keeps the blood from flowing back into the heart (left ventricle). ...Read more

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Dr. Ravi Chand
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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 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?

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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What is aortic valve disease?

Aortic Valve: The aortic valve functions as a valve -no surprise here-. So it can either leak or be restricted (stenotic). Both conditions, when severe, need to be corrected. This is usual done by replacing the defective valve with an artificial one. There are many conditions/diseases that can cause the valve to leak or be restricted. ...Read more

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What is an aortic valve disorder?

What is an aortic valve disorder?

Abnormal valve: The aortic valve is the valve leading out of the heart to the aorta. It may be thickened or calcified. It may then become narrowed. It may also leak. It may become infected, causing damage. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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What is the size of the aortic valve?

1.5-2: 1.5 - 2 CM squared is a normal aortic valve area, though body size must be taken into account. ...Read more

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What is the function of aortic valve?

What is the function of aortic valve?

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). It's function is to prevent blood from flowing back from the aorta while the heart is filling. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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