The left ventricle of the heart is a muscular chamber. This chamber pumps blood from the heart to the entire body. The blood is pushed through the aortic valve into a major artery, called the aorta. After each heart beat, the valve closes tightly to keep blood flowing away from the heart.
If you have this condition, the valve does not close tightly. Blood leaks from the aorta back into the heart. Most people do not have symptoms and may not need treatment. But, you should talk to your doctor if you think you have this condition. You will need to have tests and get proper treatment.
—a test that uses radiation to take a picture of the chest
—a test that uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to examine the size, shape, and motion of the heart and assess it’s valves in detail; usually done on the surface of the chest (called a transthoracic echocardiogram)
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a