What is Aortic Regurgitation?
Aortic regurgitation or a "leaking aortic valve" occurs when the valve does not completely close properly. This causes a portion of the blood that the heart pumped out to flow back into the heart. As a result, the heart does not work as efficiently as it should and can lead to dilation of the heart pumping chamber. This can lead to symptoms such as shortness of breath, trouble lying flat to sleep, fatigue and lightheadedness. Many patients may also adapt their lifestyle and activities so that their valve disease may go undetected and occur without obvious symptoms.
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