Often, aortic valve regurgitation isn't a preventable condition, though there are steps you can take to protect your aortic valve from damage, including:
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- Treat your sore throat. One possible way to prevent aortic valve regurgitation is to prevent rheumatic fever. You can do this by making sure you see your doctor when you have a sore throat. Untreated strep throat can develop into rheumatic fever. Fortunately, strep throat is usually easily treated with antibiotics.
- Take good care of your teeth and gums. Practicing good oral hygiene helps prevent bloodstream infections that can damage your heart valves due to endocarditis.
- Keep your heart healthy. You may be able to prevent aortic valve regurgitation from high blood pressure by taking care of your cardiovascular system. Getting your blood pressure under control is important because high blood pressure can lead to aortic valve damage and aortic valve regurgitation. High blood pressure can also cause your aorta to stretch out, which pulls the aortic valve leaflets apart and leads to regurgitation.
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