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Aortic Regurgitation

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is aortic regurgitation?

Aortic regurgitation is a condition that causes blood to flow through the aortic valve to your left ventricle. This happens because the aortic valve does not close properly. The aortic valve is between the left ventricle and the aorta. The aorta is a blood vessel that pumps blood to your body. The aortic valve opens and closes to direct blood from your left ventricle to your aorta.

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What increases my risk for aortic regurgitation?

Aortic regurgitation is caused by damage to or weakness of the aortic valve. Any of the following may increase your risk for these problems:

What are the signs and symptoms of aortic regurgitation?

You may not have symptoms, or you may have any of the following:

How is aortic regurgitation diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and listen to your heart. He or she will ask if you have had strep throat or rheumatic fever. Tell your provider if you have a family history of heart disease. You may need any of the following tests:

How is aortic regurgitation treated?

Treatment may not be needed if your condition does not cause symptoms.

How can I manage aortic regurgitation?

What can I do to prevent aortic regurgitation?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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