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Aortic regurgitation

Leaky aortic valve

One of two main types of aortic valve disease, where the valve allows blood to flow backwards into your heart

About aortic regurgitation

The aortic valve controls the flow of oxygenated blood from the left ventricle of the heart into the aorta, the main artery carrying blood around the body. If the valve is leaky, (whether this has developed or is a congenital issue from birth) it can allow blood to flow back into the heart. This is aortic regurgitation.

Need to know

  • What are the symptoms of aortic regurgitation? icon plus

    As with any heart valve condition, aortic regurgitation means the heart has to work harder to pump blood around the body. Aortic regurgitation can exist without symptoms for many years. When symptoms develop, they are usually breathlessness and fatigue.
  • Diagnosing aortic regurgitation icon plus

    Aortic regurgitation can be heard using a stethoscope to listen to the heart. A heart murmur is generated when the blood flows back. Your consultant will choose to monitor your condition to check that it is not worsening. Your consultant will carry out additional tests to confirm the diagnosis, including an echocardiogram (ECG).
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    If you have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, it's likely that your consultant will choose to monitor your condition to check that it is not worsening. They might prescribe medication. If you have severe symptoms, you may even need surgery or sometimes a TAVI to replace the aortic valve.
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From complex cardiothoracic surgery to tests and diagnostic procedures, we provide exceptional cardiac care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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