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.
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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.