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Bicuspid Aortic Valve

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What is Bicuspid Aortic Valve?

The aortic valve, one of four in your heart, usually has three leaflets that open and close for blood flow. A bicuspid aortic valve has only two leaflets, which can lead to early onset aortic valve stenosis (narrowing) of the valve.

It can also be associated with leaking of the aortic valve (aortic valve insufficiency) and aneurysms (enlargement) of the aorta.

Bicuspid aortic valve is the most common cardiac valve condition and is more common in men than women.

Symptoms of Bicuspid Aortic Valve

The condition is present from birth. Initially, patients have no symptoms. If the valve becomes more significantly narrowed, the most common symptoms are:

  • Shortness of breath during exertion
  • Dizziness
  • Leg swelling
  • Chest pain
  • Passing out

UR Medicine's Treatments for Bicuspid Aortic Valve

The UR Medicine Advanced Heart Valve Center is completely focused on treating heart valve problems. Here, we offer diagnosis and the latest treatment options for patients who have valve disease.

We use a cardiac ultrasound (echocardiogram) to diagnose patients. No treatment can slow the narrowing of a bicuspid aortic valve. Eventually, patients might need valve replacement and/or surgical repair of an aortic aneurysm.

What Sets Us Apart?

The UR Medicine Advanced Heart Valve Center was the first in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region to use minimally invasive techniques for aortic valve replacement. This means doing the heart valve replacement surgery through a small incision (less than 2 inches) on the side of the chest instead of opening the entire breastbone.

This can mean less pain and scarring, quicker recovery, lower risk of complications, and a faster return to normal life.


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Cardiac Care - Brighton

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

Cardiac Care - Dansville

Noyes Memorial Hospital
111 Cara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Cardiac Care - Canandaigua - Canandaigua

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

Cardiac Care - Rochester

Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

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 - Brockport

Strong West
156 West Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brockport, NY 14420

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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