Symptoms of Bicuspid Aortic Valve (BAV)
Normally functioning BAVs don’t usually cause symptoms. If the valve is malfunctioning it may cause symptoms such as:
For some patients one of the earliest indicators of BAV may be a heart murmur. A heart murmur is an abnormal sound caused by the turbulent flow of blood over a diseased heart valve.
An echocardiogram (ECHO) is the test that is usually used to diagnose BAV. An ECHO is a painless test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. An ECHO can show if you have BAV and how your heart is functioning enabling a careful assessment of the condition of your heart. Sometimes a CT scan or MRI of the heart is also necessary to obtain accurate measurements of the aorta if the ECHO is inadequate.
To learn more about BAV treatment options and the Martha and Richard Melman Family Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program, download our guide to BAV or visit Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at heart.nm.org.
To schedule an appointment, speak with our BAV nurse coordinator, or request an initial consultation or second opinion, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312‑NM‑HEART (664‑3278).