Your risk of aortic valve regurgitation is greater if you've been affected by any of the following:
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- Aortic valve damage. Inflammation associated with certain conditions, such as endocarditis or rheumatic fever, can damage your aortic valve. Also, a narrowing of the aortic valve (aortic stenosis) can be associated with leaking.
- High blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure may stretch the root of the aorta where the aortic valve sits. The valve leaflets may no longer meet, resulting in leakage.
- Congenital heart valve disease. If you were born with a malformed aortic valve, your chances of having aortic valve regurgitation increase.
- Disease. Certain conditions, including Marfan syndrome and ankylosing spondylits, may cause the aortic root (where the aorta attaches to the ventricle) to widen, resulting in a leaky aortic valve.
- Age. By middle age, you can develop some aortic valve regurgitation caused by natural deterioration of the valve.
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