(Aortic Regurgitation; Aortic Incompetence)
- Acute aortic insufficiency —symptoms develop rapidly, and in severe cases, immediate surgery may be needed
- Chronic aortic insufficiency —symptoms develop over the course of many months or years
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- A birth defect of the aortic valve
- Severe high blood pressure
- Bacterial infection of the aortic valve such as rheumatic fever
- Injury to the aortic valve
- Certain inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis , lupus, temporal arteritis , and Reiter’s syndrome
- Certain genetic conditions such as brittle bone disease , Marfan syndrome , Ehlers-Danlos syndrome , and cystic fibrosis
- Heart abnormalities such as septal defect
- Family history of aortic insufficiency
- High blood pressure
- Use of drugs such as weight loss and appetite suppressant medications
- Shortness of breath with activity
- Exercise intolerance
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations
- Irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing when lying flat
- Diuretics—to treat high blood pressure and rid the body of excess fluids
- Calcium channel blockers—to reduce leaking and, in some cases, delay the need for surgery
- High blood pressure medications
- Antibiotics used before dental and surgical procedures to prevent infection
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://www.heartandstroke.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 08/20/2014 -
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