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Aortic Regurgitation

Alternate Names : Aortic Insufficiency

Aortic Regurgitation | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Medicines to improve the pumping action of the heart may be given to reduce the severity of the regurgitation. This treatment may postpone or avoid surgery in people who don't have symptoms. Heart valve surgery may be needed for some people when there are signs that the left heart chamber isn't working well.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Medicines used to treat aortic regurgitation can cause a variety of side effects. Surgery can cause bleeding, infection, or allergic reaction to anesthesia.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

If a person does not have symptoms and the left heart chamber works well, he or she may remain on medicine for a long time.

Successful replacement of the valve restores normal blood flow. The long-term outcome is usually very good. Artificial valves wear out over a period of years. Their function is monitored, and the valves are replaced as necessary. Some artificial valves require that the person take:

  • antibiotics before and after surgeries or dental work to avoid serious heart infections
  • blood-thinning drugs to avoid blood clots, such as deep venous thrombosis
  • How is the condition monitored?

    An individual with aortic regurgitation will have regular visits with the healthcare provider. The provider may order regular electrocardiograms and echocardiograms to detect any signs of deterioration. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the provider.

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    Author: Eric Berlin, MD
    Reviewer: Celia Buckley, RN, MSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/17/01

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