Aortic Valve Directory
The aortic valve is one of four heart valves that help control the flow of blood through the heart. The aortic valve controls the blood flow of oxygenated blood from the left ventricle into the rest of the body. The valve's other job is to prevent blood from flowing backwards into the heart. However, if the aortic valve doesn't work properly, aortic valve regurgitation may occur. That is when the valves don't close properly and some of the blood leaks back into the heart. Another problem that can occur is aortic valve stenosis. This is when the valve has narrowed and cannot open completely. Find out more about the aortic valve and various treatments.
What is Aortic Regurgitation?
Aortic regurgitation means one of your heart’s valves is leaky. Learn what can cause it, the symptoms, and how to treat it.
Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery: Purpose, Procedure, and Risks
If your doctor says you need surgery to replace your heart’s aortic valve, this is why you need it and what you can expect from the procedure and recovery.
What is Aortic Valve Stenosis?
Your aortic valve plays a key role in getting oxygen-rich blood to your body. Aortic valve stenosis is a common and serious heart problem when the valve doesn’t open fully. Learn about what causes it and how it can be treated.
What is Endocarditis?
Endocarditis is a serious heart infection that can put your life in danger. Learn how to prevent and treat it.