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Aortic Valve Regurgitation - Symptoms

Chronic regurgitation

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 camera.gif.

If you start to notice symptoms, let your doctor know right away.

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 activity.
  • Fatigue and weakness.
  • Fainting (syncope).
  • Trouble breathing at night.
  • Swelling in the legs and sometimes the rest of the body (edema).
  • Awareness of the heartbeat (palpitations), especially when lying on the left side.
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness.
  • Abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias).
  • Chest pain or pressure (angina), often brought on by exertion.

Acute regurgitation

These symptoms are sudden, often more intense, and life-threatening. Acute aortic valve regurgitation is an emergency.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: August 08, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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