The aortic valve functions as a ‘one-way’ valve allowing blood to be ejected from the left ventricle to the aorta. Aortic regurgitation is the backwards ‘leak’ of blood from the aorta into the left ventricle.
Commonly, a small amount (trivial) of aortic regurgitation can be detected via echocardiography. However, with advancing age, hypertension or other conditions (such as valve infection) – the degree of aortic regurgitation can range from mild to severe
Progressive exertional breathlessness is the most common symptom. When the heart is unable to cope with amount of aortic regurgitation, or if it occurs very quickly patients may experience ankle swelling and breathlessness when laying flat (orthopnoea).
Cardiology Tasmania has 6 specialist centres located in Derwent Park, Huonville, Oatland, Swansea, Rokeby, and Sorell. As well as our fixed locations, our cardiology specialists and consultants travel to regional and remote areas to ensure all patients have access to cardiology services regardless of where they live.
Northcare Health Centre, 254 Main Road, Derwent Park, TAS
Swansea General Practice, 37 Wellington Street, Swansea, TAS
Healthology Rokeby, 46 S Arm Rd, Rokeby, TAS
Sorell Doctors Surgery, 31 Gordon Street, TAS