Your aortic valve separates your heart from the main artery in your body. Blood flows from your heart through this valve to deliver oxygen and nourishment to the rest of your body.
The aortic valve can be come weak or diseased. This generally happens in older people.
- If the valve does not close all the way, blood can leak back into the heart. This is called aortic regurgitation.
- If the valve does not open all the way, the heart needs to work harder to maintain blood flow out of the heart. This is called aortic stenosis.
Aortic valve disease can cause symptoms such as weakness and fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting. Many people regain quality of life – and enjoy longer lives – after having an aortic valve replacement. There are two ways to replace the aortic valve: Open Heart Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery.