Aortic Valve Insufficiency

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UW Health Heart, Vascular and Thoracic doctors treat aortic valve insufficiency, which can increase the workload for the left ventricle of the heart and lead to congestive heart failure.


About the Aortic Valve


The aortic valve directs blood from the left ventricle into the aorta (the large vessel that carries blood to the rest of the body). If the aortic valve is leaky (insufficient), some blood may flow back into the ventricle, instead of out to the body.


Concerns and Symptoms


Because the insufficient aortic valve allows blood to backflow, the left ventricle's workload increases. The left ventricle may begin to enlarge and dilate, which can lead to congestive heart failure. Some patients may also develop an abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia).


Other symptoms may include fatigue, shortness of breath, or heavy or rapid breathing, especially during exercise.




UW Health's Heart and Vascular Care team offers a variety of treatments for valvular heart disease that are tailored to suit the type and severity of your diagnosis, ranging from medication management to surgical repair or replacement of your heart valve: