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Bicuspid Aortic Valve

Open BAV

The opening of a BAV resembles the open mouth of a fish, leading to the term “fish mouth” valve.
Surgery A big picture look is needed to determine the best course of treatment for each individual. There are specific criteria that will be used to determine if the bicuspid aortic valve and/or aorta require surgical intervention. Valve repair and replacement are complex topics, and options for the aortic valve in those with BAV require careful thought. Repair/replacement of the aortic valve and ascending aorta preferably are both done in the same surgery.   If only the ascending aorta requires surgery, a bicuspid aortic valve that functions well may be left in place. Please see the Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection pages for additional information about the aortic aspects of bicuspid aortic disease.
Aortic Aneurysm
The aorta is evaluated for enlargement or aneurysm.
Well-Timed Surgery

Choosing the appropriate time for surgery is aimed at the best possible outcome balanced against the risk, which must be assessed for each individual.
BAV is Common

It is very likely that you know someone with BAV. It could even exist in your family or extended family without you knowing about it.
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