Questions and answers

Can you play sports with a bicuspid aortic valve?

Can you play sports with a bicuspid aortic valve?

The general consensus is that athletes with BAV with normal valvular function and no aortic dilation can participate in all athletic activities. Those with mild aortic dilation should undergo annual screening, some more frequently than others.

Can you live a long life with a bicuspid aortic valve?

Many people can live with a bicuspid aortic valve for their entire life, but there are those who may need to have their valve surgically replaced or repaired. When people are born with a bicuspid aortic valve, the bicuspid valve typically functions well throughout childhood and early adulthood.

Can bicuspid aortic valve cause sudden death?

People with bicuspid aortic valve can also have abnormal heart rhythms like atrial fibrillation. In rare cases, such rhythms can cause sudden death.

How often should a bicuspid aortic valve be checked?

For patients with mild aortic dilation, surveillance aortic imaging is usually performed every 3-5 years.

Can you drink alcohol with bicuspid aortic valve?

DON’T smoke or drink alcohol or caffeine. DON’T become dehydrated.

How do you fix a bicuspid valve?

Bicuspid aortic valve repair A bicuspid aortic valve may be repaired by reshaping the aortic valve leaflets allowing the valve to open and close more completely. Bicuspid aortic valve repair may be an option to treat leaking valves, but it can not be used to treat a stenotic or narrowed bicuspid aortic valve.

Can a bicuspid aortic valve fix itself?

Unfortunately, heart valves do not tend to heal themselves. It is true that some infants born with heart murmurs will eventually grow out of the murmur as the heart matures.

Do all people with bicuspid aortic valve need surgery?

Approximately 80 percent of people with BAVD eventually require repair or replacement of the aortic valve. For patients with BAVD and regurgitation, our cardiac surgeons repair the aortic valve. Valve replacement is recommended for bicuspid aortic valve with stenosis.

Does bicuspid aortic valve make you tired?

An untreated bicuspid aortic valve can eventually lead to symptoms of heart failure. These include shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling.

How do I know if my bicuspid aortic valve is getting worse?

As aortic valve regurgitation worsens, signs and symptoms may include:

  1. Shortness of breath with exercise or when you lie down.
  2. Fatigue and weakness, especially when you increase your activity level.
  3. Heart murmur.
  4. Irregular pulse (arrhythmia)
  5. Lightheadedness or fainting.