Most often, aortic valve regurgitation develops gradually, and your heart compensates for the problem. You may have no signs or symptoms for years, and you may even be unaware that you have the condition.
However, as aortic valve regurgitation worsens, signs and symptoms may include:
- Fatigue and weakness, especially when you increase your activity level
- Shortness of breath with exertion or when you lie down
- Swollen ankles and feet (edema)
- Chest pain (angina), discomfort or tightness, often increasing during exercise
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Irregular pulse (arrhythmia)
- Heart murmur
- Sensations of a rapid, fluttering heartbeat (palpitations)
When to see a doctor
Contact your doctor right away if signs and symptoms of aortic valve regurgitation develop. Sometimes the first indications of aortic valve regurgitation are those of its major complication, congestive heart failure. See your doctor if you have fatigue, shortness of breath, and swollen ankles and feet.
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