Alternate Names : Aortic Insufficiency
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
blood-thinning drugs to avoid blood clots, such as deep venous
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