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What are aortic valve diseases?

There are two main types of aortic valve disease:

  • Regurgitation (also known as aortic insufficiency)—the valve does not close completely, allowing blood to leak backward into the heart.
  • Stenosis—the valve does not open enough to allow blood to leave the heart and spread to the body.

This content originally appeared online in "The Patient Guide to Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Surgery" from the Society of Thoracic Surgery.

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