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I have a congenital bicuspid aorta and moderate regurgitation. I am 61 and have no symptoms. Does taking niacin and drinking a lot of water help?

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Dr. Andrew Zadeh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: No

Drinking 'a lot' of water is not recommended.
You're valve is abnormal (and has been since birth), in the future you may need a replacement but it sounds like you don't need one now. You will need a new valve when aortic regurgitation becomes severe or when you develop symptoms. Niacin and other medications to control the cholesterol have been studied and don't prevent disease progression.

In brief: No

Drinking 'a lot' of water is not recommended.
You're valve is abnormal (and has been since birth), in the future you may need a replacement but it sounds like you don't need one now. You will need a new valve when aortic regurgitation becomes severe or when you develop symptoms. Niacin and other medications to control the cholesterol have been studied and don't prevent disease progression.
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