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Bicuspid Aortic Valve

Bicuspid Aortic Valve: What it is, Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors, Diagnosis, Treatments | National Heart Centre Singapo

Bicuspid Aortic Valve - Symptoms

​Bicuspid aortic valve may not be diagnosed early in most cases as it causes no symptoms. However, over time this valve may begin to leak (regurgitation), become narrowed (stenosed), or has both of these. Calcification of the leaflets may happen. The narrowing of the valve causes the heart to pump harder. A leaky valve allows blood flow back into the heart after it has been pumped out, hence needing the heart to pump more blood forward. Both ways cause the heart to work harder which may lead to heart failure later in life. The symptoms of failing valves include difficulty in breathing, chest pain, fainting (syncope), heart murmur and fatigue.

Risk factors

Prevention of endocarditis
Antibiotic for dental prophylaxis is no longer required for patient with bicuspid aortic valve.

Pregnancy
If the aortic stenosis or regurgitation is mild, you are more likely to handle pregnancy well. However, women with severe aortic valve defect have a higher risk and would need to discuss with her cardiologist before contemplating pregnancy.

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