Aortic Regurgitation


What is aortic regurgitation? Aortic regurgitation is when blood flows backward through the aortic valve because it does not close properly. The aortic valve is between the left ventricle and the aorta. The left ventricle is the lower left chamber of your heart. The aorta is a blood vessel that pumps blood to your body. The aortic valve opens and closes to direct blood flow through your heart.

What causes aortic regurgitation?

What are the signs and symptoms of aortic regurgitation?

How is aortic regurgitation diagnosed? Your healthcare provider will ask about your signs and symptoms and listen to your heart. You may need any of the following tests:

How is aortic regurgitation treated?

What are the risks of aortic regurgitation? You may develop an infection in your heart. This infection can damage your valves and heart muscle. Your heart may not be able to pump enough blood to your body. You heart can swell and weaken. This can lead to heart failure, which is life-threatening.

How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?


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