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Heart Valve Problems: Aortic InsufficiencyCoraz³n: Insuficiencia a³rtica

Heart Valve Problems: Aortic Insufficiency

Aortic insufficiency means your aortic valve has problems closing. Blood leaks back through the valve. Extra blood may cause the ventricle to stretch. A stretched ventricle doesn't squeeze as well. In time, the heart won't move blood the way it should.

Possible Causes

You may be born with a problem aortic valve that doesn't close properly. Or, your aortic valve may have been damaged by rheumatic fever or a heart infection.

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People with aortic insufficiency can be born with the problem, and often feel no symptoms.

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Closed aortic valve with insufficiency (viewed from above).

Cutaway view of heart

Treating Aortic Insufficiency

Your doctor may prescribe medications. These can make it easier for the heart to move your blood. To treat severe insufficiency, heart valve surgery may be suggested, especially if you develop symptoms.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-09-15T00:00:00-06:00

Date Last Modified: 2006-06-07T00:00:00-06:00

 

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I was diagnosed with persistent AFIB several months ago. I found Dr. Norris by a referral from another physician. Dr. Norris scheduled me for a cardiac ablation without delay. He thoroughly explained the procedure, risks and benefits prior to the procedure. Dr. Norris and his staff exhibited exceptional professionalism and interest in resolving my AFIB. One month post-op I am rhythm and feel great. Thank you Dr. Norris and staff. I truly feel like I have my life back again.
-Ken Afienko

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