- Acute aortic regurgitation —symptoms develop rapidly, and in severe cases, prompt surgery may be lifesaving
- Chronic aortic regurgitation —symptoms develop over the course of many months or years
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- The aortic valve itself is deformed and malfunctions.
- A heart deformity or disturbance near the valve affects the valve’s functioning.
Acute Aortic Regurgitation
Chronic Aortic Regurgitation
- Bicuspid aortic valve—a congenital (existing at birth) deformity in which the aortic valve has two cusps rather than three
- Other types of congenital heart disease
Infections of the heart such as:
- Rheumatic fever
- Infectious endocarditis
- Diseases that cause widening of the aortic root (the part of the aorta attached to the ventricle) such as:
- Collagen vascular diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus
- Aortic aneurysm
- Sex: male
- Age: Over age 50
- When you develop symptoms and how severe they are
- The degree of heart damage and level of heart function
- Your age
- The risks associated with the treatment
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Canadian Cardiovascular Society http://www.ccs.ca
Canadian Family Physician http://www.cfp.ca/
Aortic regurgitation. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamedUpdated October 10, 2012. Accessed November 7, 2012.
Cheitlin M. Surgery for chronic aortic regurgitation: when should it be considered? Am Fam Physician . 2001;64(10).
Tarasoutchi F, et al. Symptoms, left ventricular function, and timing of valve replacement surgery in patients with aortic regurgitation. Am Heart J . 1999;138:477-485.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/07/2012 -
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