Aortic regurgitation echocardiography
Aortic Regurgitation Microchapters
Acute Aortic regurgitation
Chronic Aortic regurgitation
Aortic regurgitation echocardiography On the Web
American Roentgen Ray Society Images of Aortic regurgitation echocardiography
Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. ; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Cafer Zorkun, M.D., Ph.D. ; Varun Kumar, M.B.B.S.; Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan, M.B.B.S.; Mohammed A. Sbeih, M.D. ; Usama Talib, BSc, MD 
The echocardiogram is the single most useful diagnostic imaging study in the diagnosis and ongoing surveillance of the severity of aortic insufficiency. Echocardiography allows for serial assessment of left ventricular volumes which can be critical in determining the timing of aortic valve replacement. Aortic valve replacement should be performed if the LVEF is ≤ 55% or if left ventricular end-systolic dimension is > 55mm.
- An AI color jet dimension > 60 percent of the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) diameter (may not be true if the jet is eccentric)
- The pressure half-time of the regurgitant jet is < 250 msec
- Early termination of the mitral inflow (due to an increase in LV pressure as a result of the AI)
- Early diastolic flow reversal in the descending aorta
- Regurgitant volume > 60 ml
- Regurgitant fraction > 55 percent
Characteristics of aortic insufficiency are demonstrated by:
- Increased duration between E and A peaks.
- Fluttering of the anterior mitral valve leaflet due to AI jet turbulence.
- Progressive (stage B) with mild severity: every 3-5 years
- Progressive (stage B) with moderate severity: every 1-2 years
- Severe (stage C): every 6-12 months (more frequently in case of a dilating left ventricle)
Severe Aortic Insufficiency (Color Doppler)
Moderate Aortic Insufficiency (Color Doppler)
Aortic Insufficiency Combined with Stenosis (Color Doppler)
2014 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Patients With Valvular Heart Diseases (DO NOT EDIT)
Diagnosis and Follow Up
|"1. TTE is indicated in patients with signs or symptoms of AR (stages A to D) for accurate diagnosis of the cause of regurgitation, regurgitant severity, and LV size and systolic function, and for determining clinical outcome and timing of valve intervention. (Level of Evidence: B) "|
|"2. TTE is indicated in patients with dilated aortic sinuses or ascending aorta or with a bicuspid aortic valve (stages A and B) to evaluate the presence and severity of AR. (Level of Evidence: B) "|
2008 Focused Update Incorporated into the 2006 ACC/AHA Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Valvular Heart Disease (DO NOT EDIT)
Echocardiography (DO NOT EDIT)
|"1. Echocardiography is indicated to confirm the presence and severity of acute or chronic AR. (Level of Evidence: B)"|
|"2. Echocardiography is indicated for diagnosis and assessment of the cause of chronic AR (including valve morphology and aortic root size and morphology) and for assessment of LV hypertrophy, dimension (or volume), and systolic function. (Level of Evidence: B)"|
|"3. Echocardiography is indicated in patients with an enlarged aortic root to assess regurgitation and the severity of aortic dilatation. (Level of Evidence: B)"|
|"4. Echocardiography is indicated for the periodic re-evaluation of LV size and function in asymptomatic patients with severe AR. (Level of Evidence: B)"|
|"5. Radionuclide angiography or magnetic resonance imaging is indicated for the initial and serial assessment of LV volume and function at rest in patients with AR and suboptimal echocardiograms. (Level of Evidence: B)"|
|"6. Echocardiography is indicated to re-evaluate mild, moderate, or severe AR in patients with new or changing symptoms. (Level of Evidence: B)"|
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