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.