Hi, My doctor has diagnosed a mild calcification of the aortic valve and mild to moderate aortic regurgitation. I also have mild hypertension which is controlled with Irbesartan. I'm 50 and don't seem to have any symptoms but what can I expect and what can I do to improve my condition. Thanks
Mild calcification of the aortic valve doesn't have a remedy. It often happens as a result of aging and mild aortic calcification usually doesn't cause significant heart problems, but require regular checkups to make sure your condition isn't worsening. Usually, the condition reduces the valve opening (stenosis), and when serious the pressure increases in the left ventricle size. Mild to moderate aortic regurgitation results when the two leaflets do not effectively close the one-way valve and blood flows back into the upper chamber. The leaflets (cuspids) may be calcified to prevent effective closing.
It's important to have your cholesterol checked, because you may need medications to lower cholesterol and help prevent aortic valve sclerosis from getting worse. If the valve becomes severely narrowed (stenotic), aortic valve replacement surgery may be necessary. Regurgitation of a valve may require intervention when it is classified as moderate to severe mitral valve regurgitation.
Thanks very much for your response, it really helps me understand what's going on and doesn't seem quite so scary, Also thanks for tip to get cholesterol checked as I have never had this done so I'm off to the GP on Monday.
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