Treatment Options for Bicuspid Aortic Valve (BAV)
If you are diagnosed with BAV, your treatment options depend on whether or not you have symptoms.
If you have no symptoms
Medical management is used to treat most people with BAV who do not have symptoms. The goal of medical management of BAV is to achieve optimal blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol levels. You and your cardiologist will decide if and when medications are necessary.
You can also help manage your BAV by being heart healthy. Ways to be heart healthy include following a low fat, low sodium diet, being physically active, practicing good dental hygiene and quitting or avoiding smoking.
If you have symptoms
The most effective treatment for BAV patients with symptoms is surgical intervention. While medical management of your BAV will continue, once you have symptoms related to your aortic valve leaking or not opening completely, surgery may be your best treatment option. The decision to proceed with surgery is an important one and should be determined by a team of specialists. When it is determined that surgery is needed your cardiac surgeon will discuss which surgical option(s) is best for your particular needs.
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).