Aortic insufficiency may only affect some five out of every 10,000 people, but it’s a serious disorder. Aortic insufficiency is a heart valve disease in which the aortic valve weakens or balloons, preventing the valve from closing tightly. This leads to the backward flow — or regurgitation — of blood from the aorta into the heart.
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Aortic insufficiency can result from any condition that weakens the aortic valve, such as congenital valve problems, infection, or high blood pressure. The condition causes dilation (widening) of the heart, which continues to get worse with time. As the heart becomes dilated, it is less able to pump blood.
Your healthcare team will discuss the risks and benefits of aortic valve replacement with you, and help determine the best treatment option for you. This is the gold-standard treatment for severe aortic insufficiency, and you can get support every step of the way in treating the disease.