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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Aortic Insufficiency

What is aortic insufficiency and its symptoms?

Aortic insufficiency is also known as aortic regurgitation. If you have this condition, your aortic heart valve does not function correctly. Its valve leaflets do not open and close as they should. As a result, the leaking valve allows blood to go backwards (regurgitate) into the bottom chamber of the heart. When this happens, it reduces the amount of blood flow and oxygen that is needed to supply your muscles and organs with oxygen-rich blood.

You may have symptoms like:

  • Severe shortness of breath with activity
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fluid overload (also known as heart failure), which may result in a hospital stay
  • Tachycardia (fast heart rate)

How do I know if I need aortic valve replacement?

If symptoms are severe, you may need a valve replacement. If you have no symptoms, watchful waiting might be the best strategy.

Our Valve Clinic is made up of many providers, including interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and advanced practice providers, who can provide the best option for you based on the severity of your leak and your symptoms.

If you have questions about our program, we would be happy to assist you. Please call us at 320-293-0750 or email us.