Aortic Aneurysms in Patients with Bicuspid Heart Valves (Video)

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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.