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BICUSPID AORTIC VALVE
Normally Aortic valves have three cusps that regulate blood from the heart’s left ventricle to the Aorta. People affected with BAV have only two cusps instead of a normal three. An abnormal aortic valve develops during the early weeks of pregnancy, when the baby's heart develops. The cause of this problem is unclear, but it is the most common congenital heart disease.
HOW IS BICUSPID AORTIC VALVE DIAGNOSED?
A cardiologist diagnoses this condition by performing the following tests: 1. testing for heart murmurs 2. Stress test 3. Echocardiogram
HOW IS BICUSPID AORTIC VALVE TREATED?
Most patients with bicuspid valve disorder will need replacement surgery. Also a genetic testing is done to allow for future offspring with the disease to be monitored and treated early in life. This is done by a cardiac surgeon
DID YOU KNOW?
Sir William Osler was the first to recognize bicuspid valve as a common congenital abnormality of the heart.