Do You Have Any Bicuspid Aortic Valve Pictures?
So, I just received an email asking, “Do you have any pictures of a bicuspid aortic valve?”
Well, considering I had a bicuspid aortic valve for the first 33 years of my life, I definitely researched and located pictures of bicuspid aortic valves for my book.
As you can see below, the aortic valve on the left is normal – the valve has three leaflets and three cusps.
The valve on the right, however, is a bicuspid aortic valve. As you look at the diagram, you will note that the bicuspid heart valve only has two leaflets and two cusps. To learn more about BAV, click here.
This can become very problematic if the valve calcifies and becomes diseased with the condition known as aortic stenosis.
Here is a picture of a calcified aortic valve with stenosis:
Well. I hope that wasn’t too graphic for you. Those are some pictures of normal aortic valve, bicuspid aortic valves and calcified aortic valves.
Keep on tickin!
Adam Pick is a patient, author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and the founder of HeartValveSurgery.com.