Aortic Insufficiency

(Aortic Regurgitation; Aortic Incompetence)

Definition

The aorta is the main artery carrying oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body. After each heart beat, the valve closes tightly to prevent blood from flowing backwards into the heart. Aortic insufficiency occurs when the aortic valve does not close tightly enough.There are two types of aortic insufficiency:
  • Acute aortic insufficiency —symptoms develop rapidly, and in severe cases, immediate surgery may be needed
  • Chronic aortic insufficiency —symptoms develop over the course of many months or years
Aortic Valve Insufficiency
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Causes

Aortic insufficiency can be caused by:Sometimes the cause of aortic insufficiency is unknown.

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