Aortic Valve Regurgitation

Below you will find more information about Aortic Valve Regurgitation from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Aortic Valve Regurgitation it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Aortic Valve Regurgitation and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Aortic Valve Regurgitation comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Aortic valve regurgitation is also known as aortic incompetence or insufficiency. This medical condition occurs when the heart's aortic valve does not close tightly, causing some of the blood to that has been pumped out to leak back. This leakage will result to preventing the heart to supply blood to the rest of the body, causing the patient to always feel tired and short of breath.

Diagnosis

Listening to the heart through a stethoscope is one of the primary basis of this problem. Other diagnostic tests include an echocardiogram, chest x-ray and electrocardiogram.

Treatment

Treatment of aortic valve regurgitation would usually depend on the degree of the regurgitation based on the signs and symptoms. Surgery may require correcting the problem and preventing the weakening of the heart muscles. This may include either a valve repair or valve replacement.

Symptoms and Signs

Common symptoms associated with aortic valve regurgitation include weakness and fatigue, heart palpitations, fainting, chest pains, shortness or breath, irregular and rapid pulse, swollen ankles and feet.

Causes

This condition is caused by a number of possible conditions such as a congenital heart defect, deterioration of the valve due to aging, a rheumatic fever, endocarditis, and other possible causes that may damage the aortic valve.

Discuss Aortic Valve Regurgitation in our forums

Discuss Aortic Valve Regurgitation with other members of Medigest in our forums.