Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Aortic Valve
The aortic valve separates the lower left chamber (left ventricle)
of the heart and the aorta, the large artery that carries blood from the heart
to the rest of the body.
The aortic valve works like a one-way gate, opening so that blood
from the left ventricle—the heart's main pump—can be pushed into the aorta.
When the heart rests between beats, the aortic valve closes to keep blood from
flowing backward into the heart.
Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
I Want To...
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.