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Topic: Bicuspid Aortic Valve
What is bicuspid aortic valve?
Dr. Michael Miyamoto:
The aortic valve is the valve through which the blood
travels from the left ventricle or the main pumping chamber of the heart
into the aorta or the main vessel of the heart, and then to the rest of
the body. The aortic valve has 3 leaflets; normally it is a tri-leaflet
structure. A bicuspid valve, for whatever reason, there are only two
leaflets. Most commonly, this is congenital in origin, that is, a person
is born with this. Sometimes, because of prosthesis, the leaflets can
become scarred and two leaflets may become confused, therefore resulting
in a functional bicuspid valve.
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