Your risk of aortic valve regurgitation is greater if you've been affected by any of the following:

  • 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 flaps (cusps) 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.
Dec. 02, 2016