Question and answer

Any heart valve problem puts you at risk of an infection of the heart's inner lining (endocarditis). If the aortic valve is leaky, it's more prone to infection than is a healthy valve.

When it's mild, aortic valve regurgitation may never cause a serious threat to your health. But when it's severe, aortic valve regurgitation may lead to heart failure. Heart failure is a serious condition in which your heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet your body's needs.