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What happens if someone's bicuspid valve does not close properly?
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Dr. John Wylie
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Aortic insufficiency
When an aortic valve (bicuspid or a normal tricuspid valve) does not close properly, insufficiency or regurgitation ("leaking") results.
When mild, this does not have clinical effects, but when severe it can compromise cardiac function.

In brief: Aortic insufficiency
When an aortic valve (bicuspid or a normal tricuspid valve) does not close properly, insufficiency or regurgitation ("leaking") results.
When mild, this does not have clinical effects, but when severe it can compromise cardiac function.
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Long standing aortic insufficiency with a significant backward flow gradually enlarges the heart eventually weakening it and causing heart failure. When the situation is clearly progressing toward that end, replacement of the aortic valve is generally done to stop the progression to heart failure.
Dr. Liviu Klein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Aortic regurgitation
If the bicuspid valve does not close properly, one can develop aortic regurgitation which in time may lead to left ventricular enlargement and heart failure.
Depending on the degree of the regurgitation ('leakage'), one can treat it with medications and at some point a valve replacement may be needed. You need to have this followed with echocardiograms at regular intervals to monitor progression.

In brief: Aortic regurgitation
If the bicuspid valve does not close properly, one can develop aortic regurgitation which in time may lead to left ventricular enlargement and heart failure.
Depending on the degree of the regurgitation ('leakage'), one can treat it with medications and at some point a valve replacement may be needed. You need to have this followed with echocardiograms at regular intervals to monitor progression.
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