Is BAV serious?
Yes, about 30% of people with bicuspid aortic valve disease develop complications. They can be very serious, even life-threatening. This is why people diagnosed with BAVD should be under the ongoing care of a specialist in heart valve disease who can monitor changes in the heart, valves and aorta over time.
Can you live a normal 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.
Is BAV a heart disease?
Bicuspid aortic valve is a type of heart disease that you’re born with (congenital heart disease). The aortic valve separates the left lower heart chamber (left ventricle) and the body’s main artery (aorta).
Does bicuspid aortic valve make you tired?
Although some people with a bicuspid valve are asymptomatic, common symptoms include: Shortness of breath. Constant tiredness or fatigue.
Can bicuspid aortic valve cause sudden death?
Symptoms of bicuspid aortic valve usually occur in the age group of 50-70 years, but rarely, it can also lead to sudden unexpected death in infancy and early childhood.
Can you drink alcohol with bicuspid aortic valve?
DON’T smoke or drink alcohol or caffeine. DON’T become dehydrated.
What are the characteristics of BAV?
The BAV is composed of not three aortic normal leaflets – as in the normal tricuspid valve – but two abnormal leaflets, usually unequal in size, possibly resulting from inadequate fibrillin-1 production during valvulogenesis. (10) The most common form has the two commissures located in an anteroposterior direction giving left and right cusps.
What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 BAVS?
(10) The most common form has the two commissures located in an anteroposterior direction giving left and right cusps. Less common is having the commissures located on the right and left sides of the annulus leading to anterior and posterior cusps. Type 1 BAVs are more likely to stenose as adults while type 2 valves will have complications earlier.
What is a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV)?
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most common congenital cardiac abnormality, affecting approximately 1-2% of the general population (1,2). Adverse cardiac outcomes related to the valve and/or root (3) put a large burden on cardiovascular in addition to the many undergoing aortic valve replacement who will also need aortic root surgery.
When is serial assessment of aortic morphology recommended for patients with BAV?
As recommended by the recent north American and European guidelines, patients with BAV who have documented dilation of aorta should have serial assessment of aortic morphology to detect progression of aortopathy early enough before complications occur (37).