Aortic Valve Regurgitation - Symptoms
You may not have any symptoms for a long time. When
symptoms do appear, it may mean that your heart is severely affected. See a picture of
aortic valve regurgitation .
There's no way to tell how quickly symptoms will develop. Some people stay free of symptoms for decades. For others, symptoms may develop over 2 to 3 years.
Symptoms of aortic valve regurgitation include:
- Shortness of breath, especially with
- Fatigue and weakness.
- Fainting (syncope).
- Trouble breathing at
- Swelling in the legs and sometimes the rest of the body
- Awareness of the heartbeat (palpitations),
especially when lying on the left side.
- Dizziness and lightheadedness.
- Chest pain or pressure (angina), often brought on by exertion.
These symptoms are
sudden, often more intense, and life-threatening. Acute aortic valve regurgitation is an emergency.