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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.
Blood Pressure Systolic Blood Pressure Management Blood pressure medications are aimed at possibly preventing aortic dissection or rupture, slowing the progression of an aortic aneurysm, and reducing bicuspid aortic valve leakage. These medications generally reduce the pressure and stress on the aorta and any other potentially weak blood vessels, such as those in brain. Medications from the following categories may be used: •beta blockers •ACE inhibitors •ARBs •calcium channel blockers •alpha blockers •diuretics When the blood pressure is naturally low in the presence of bicuspid aortic valve leakage and an enlarged aorta, it usually indicates more fragile aortic tissue. However, these individuals may still be able to use smaller doses of blood pressure medication. Heavy weight lifting is known to raise systolic blood pressure and is a risk for aortic dissection. Therefore, heavy weight lifting is prohibited.
Bicuspid Aortic Valve

Closed BAV

When closed, it may be difficult to distinguish a BAV from an aortic valve with all three leaflets.
BAV and Athletes

It is very possible that someone with BAV is present at sporting events of all kinds. Many of them are serious athletes.
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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