Aortic Valve Regurgitation
Treatment for chronic aortic valve regurgitation includes medicines to reduce blood pressure. If you have valve replacement surgery, you will need to take medicines to prevent infection and blood clots around the artificial valve.
Medicines to reduce blood pressure
If your regurgitation is moderate to severe, your doctor may prescribe blood pressure medicine such as:
- Reference Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB).
- Reference Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
- Reference Calcium channel blockers.
Medicines for other problems
- Reference Antiarrhythmic medicines help maintain a regular heart rhythm.
- Reference Digoxin and Reference diuretics Opens New Window help relieve symptoms of Reference heart failure Opens New Window.
- Reference Nitrates (such as nitroglycerin) relieve angina symptoms, such as chest pain or pressure.
Medicines after valve surgery
If you have valve replacement surgery, you may need:
- Reference Anticoagulant medicine, (such as warfarin). Depending on the type of valve you receive, you may need to take this medicine for a few months after surgery or for the rest of your life.
- Reference Antibiotics Opens New Window before you have certain Reference dental or surgical procedures. The antibiotics help prevent an infection in your heart called Reference endocarditis Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology