Timing of surgery in chronic aortic regurgitation
Aortic Valve Insufficiency
Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation
When deciding on therapy for aortic regurgitation (AR), it is imperative to distinguish between acute and chronic AR. Symptoms and echocardiographic findings are essential in distinguishing acute from chronic AR and in assessing the severity. Vasodilators have been shown to be helpful in treating patients with chronic severe AR. The timing of aortic valve replacement in chronic severe AR remains controversial. Symptoms, left ventricular function, and response to exercise have been shown to be the most important prognostic indicators.