Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Aortic Valve Leak Treatment

Treatment for aortic regurgitation depends on the severity of the condition and if the condition is acute (developed rapidly) or chronic (longstanding). Treatment often includes medications to control symptoms (and improve cardiac performance) and heart surgery to replace the diseased aortic valve.

Treatment for aortic regurgitation includes:


Those who have had valve replacement surgery require antibiotics to prevent bacterial endocarditis before they undergo the following procedures:

Antibiotics used to prevent bacterial endocarditis include:

Aortic Valve Leak Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of aortic regurgitation.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Aortic Valve Leak Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat aortic regurgitation:

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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