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Aortic Valve Regurgitation

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What is Aortic Valve Regurgitation?

Aortic regurgitation (or insufficiency) affects one of the heart’s major heart valves, the aortic valve, which regulates the flow of blood from the main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, to the major blood vessel, the aorta.

In aortic regurgitation, the aortic valve does not close properly. This causes blood to leak back into the left ventricle. Over time, this leakage can cause the left ventricle to enlarge and weaken.

Symptoms of Aortic Valve Regurgitation

Most patients do not have symptoms. Aortic insufficiency is usually detected when your doctor hears a murmur or abnormal sound originating from your heart.

But symptoms can include shortness of breath (especially with activity), palpitations, heart pounding, or chest pain.

UR Medicine's Treatments for Aortic Valve Regurgitation

Treating heart valve disease is complicated. It takes a complete understanding of the condition—and all the treatment options—to make the right decisions about each patient’s care. That’s why UR Medicine has a center dedicated to valve disease and its treatments.

People with mild regurgitation and normal heart muscle function generally do not require treatment. Your doctor will recommend follow-up visits to monitor your condition and may prescribe medications to help reduce the amount of leakage and lower your blood pressure, if elevated.

In people with severe leakage who are experiencing symptoms, surgery to repair or replace the aortic valve is sometimes recommended.

UR Medicine offers the latest in testing tools, including Cardiac MR, CT scans, and echocardiography (transthoracic and transesophageal).

What Sets Us Apart?

We were the first program in the region to be recognized by the American College of Cardiology with its Transcatheter Valve Certification. This was achieved through a rigorous evaluation of our program's ability to demonstrate:

  • Better care
  • Better prognoses
  • Better quality of life
  • Faster treatment
  • Better communication with patients and families

The UR Medicine Advanced Heart Valve Center was also the first in the region to perform some of the newest breakthrough procedures.

The Cardiac Care Valve Center offers a full range of treatments for heart valve disease, and our surgeons are the region’s leaders in minimally invasive procedures, which can be effective for many valve repair surgery patients—even the most challenging repairs.

Mitral Value Repair Reference Center Award from the Mitral Foundation and the American Heart Association

2020 Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award


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Cardiac Care - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building G
2400 South Clinton Avenue, 1st Floor
Rochester, NY 14618

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111 Cara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Cardiac Care - Canandaigua - Canandaigua

Thompson Professional Building
395 West Street, Suite 307
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Cardiac Care - Irondequoit

999 East Ridge Road, Suite 1000
Rochester, NY 14621

Cardiac Care - Penfield

1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Suite 200
Penfield, NY 14526

Cardiac Care - Henrietta

Red Creek (Calkins Corporate Park)
600 Red Creek Drive, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14623

Cardiac Care - Seneca Falls

Lifecare Medical Associates
1991 Balsley Road
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Cardiac Care - Wellsville

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main Street
Wellsville, NY 14895

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Hornell

St. James Medical Office Building
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 104
Hornell, NY 14843

Paul N. Yu Heart Center - Rochester

Ambulatory Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, Ground Floor
Rochester, NY 14626

Cardiac Care - Brighton

140 Canal View Boulevard, Suite 102
Rochester, NY 14623

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