Aortic insufficiency is a heart valve disease in which the aortic valve does not seal tightly. This allows the blood to flow from the aorta into the left ventricle.
Almost all patients with aortic insufficiency have a dilated part of the aortic valve, and many of them have damaged valve discs. These geometrical changes of aortic valve anatomy contribute to valve dysfunction. Aortic insufficiency is slightly more frequent than aortic stenosis, affecting 0.5% of adults or nearly 2.5 million people in the U.S. and Europe.
Many times you can not have symptoms for many years. They may appear slowly or suddenly. These may be: Limited Pulse, Thoracic Pain Similar to Angina (Rare), Passing out, Fatigue, Palpitations, Weakness, etc.
Any condition that prevents complete closure of the aortic valve may cause this problem. If the valve does not close all the time, a small amount of blood is lost each time the heart beats. This makes the heart work harder to pump enough blood. The lower left heart chamber enlarges (dilates) and the heart beats very strongly (the adjustment pulse). Over time, the heart becomes less able to provide enough blood to the body.
Mild cases of aortic valve failure may remain undetected for a long time. If you are diagnosed with an easy case of aortic insufficiency, then you can be treated with close monitoring. For patients with more severe and rapidly developing aortic impairment, surgery to replace the aortic valve with a mechanical or tissue valve is the last treatment option.
The treatment of aortic insufficiency depends on the severity of your condition, your signs and symptoms, but especially if it affects your heart function.
If you need replacing the valve or just repairing the valve then we have the following solutions for you: On-X Valvular Cardiac Prophylaxis or HAART Technologies.
Ask your doctor about On-X Valvular Heart Disease or HAART Technologies.