Welcome to Dr Warrick's Podcast Channel. Warrick is a practising cardiologist and author with a passion for improving care by helping patients understand their heart health through education work believes educated patients get the best health care to discover and understand the latest approaches and technology in heart care and how this might apply to you or someone you love.

Hi, my name's Dr Warrick Bishop and I'm a cardiologist. Welcome to my Healthy Heart Minute. This quick minute is about the aortic valve and the aorta.

Most aortic valves have three leaflets that open and close like this. Occasionally, about 1% of the population or thereabouts will have aortic valves, which only have two leaflets, and therefore open like this.

Now, is that a problem? Can be.

A valve that isn't balanced like this can wear out a bit quicker. But also these bicuspid aortic valves tend to be associated with a change in the way the aorta develops over time and it can dilate and get bigger than it should. This is called an aortic aneurysm. Bicuspid valve and aortic aneurysm go together and it's pretty important to know if they're there or not for you.

I've done a podcast on this very topic. It's fascinating. Click on the link that's attached to this video to check it out.

I wish you the very best. Please live as well as possible, for as long as possible. Take care and bye for now!


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