Aortic valve regurgitation is a condition in which the aortic valve does not close completely, allowing some blood to flow back into the heart chambers. Experts at Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute are experienced at treating many cardiac problems, including aortic valve regurgitation. Advanced aortic regurgitation can result in serious health problems, including heart failure.
Advanced aortic regurgitation can result in serious health problems, including heart failure.
You're more likely to develop aortic regurgitation if you have a bicuspid valve, had rheumatic fever or have a congenital heart defect. Bacterial endocarditis and high blood pressure also can be factors. If you’re an older adult, you’re more likely to be diagnosed with aortic valve regurgitation because of potential changes to the valve over time.
Symptoms of aortic valve regurgitation
- Chest pain that worsens during exercise
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in the ankles
- Rapid pulse rate
- Lightheadedness or fainting
Treatments for aortic valve regurgitation
Mild aortic valve regurgitation may not require treatment, though more severe aortic valve regurgitation could require surgical valve replacement or valve repair. The experienced team at Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute was the first in the region to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) a less invasive way to access the diseased valve and replace it. Learn more about our Structural Heart Disease Program.