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Aortic Aneurysms in Patients with Bicuspid Heart Valves (Video)

A White Board Session on Aortic Aneurysms

If you or a loved one has a bicuspid aortic valve disease, there’s reason to get more than an echocardiogram so doctors can take a closer look at the ascending aorta. This large artery that takes the blood from the heart to the rest of the body can become very big (aneurysm) in patients with a bicuspid valve—so big, that it can rupture (“dissect”).  While an echo is the best test to look at your aortic valve, a CAT scan or MRI will show doctors whether the ascending aorta also needs special attention.

In this White Board Session, Cleveland Clinic cardiothoracic surgeon Eric Roselli, MD, explains what an aortic aneurysm is, how it happens and what steps are necessary to identify whether a patient is at risk.

Tags: anatomy, bicuspid aneurysm, bicuspid valve, Dr. Eric Roselli, heart, heart disease, heart valves whiteboards, illustration, whiteboard sessions
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  • Tessa

    Thanks for the great visual. My mom has both the bicuspid valve and the aneurysm and needs surgery even though it isnt bothering her. What are the statistics on complications during heart surgery when the patient has the bi cuspid and aneurysm? What are statistics of the end result? She is 64 years old. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Our Heart Resource Nurses will be contacting you with more information. heartRN