AORTIC VALVE REGURGITATION & TREATMENT
Definition: What is "Aortic Valve Regurgitation"?
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 & short of breath.
Symptoms & Signs
Common symptoms associated with aortic valve regurgitation include weakness & fatigue, heart palpitations, fainting, chest pains, shortness or breath, irregular & rapid pulse, swollen ankles & feet.
Treatment: How to Treat "Aortic Valve Regurgitation"?
Treatment of aortic valve regurgitation would usually depend on the degree of the regurgitation based on the signs & symptoms. Surgery may require correcting the problem & preventing the weakening of the heart muscles. This may include either a valve repair or valve replacement.
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 & other possible causes that may damage the aortic valve.
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 & electrocardiogram.