Skip to Content
The aortic valve separates the lower left chamber (left ventricle)
of the heart and the aorta, the large artery that carries blood from the heart
to the rest of the body.
The aortic valve works like a one-way gate, opening so that blood
from the left ventricle—the heart's main pump—can be pushed into the aorta.
When the heart rests between beats, the aortic valve closes to keep blood from
flowing backward into the heart.
Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
© Copyright 2017 Rush Copley Medical Center • 2000 Ogden Avenue; Aurora, IL 60504
Main: 630-978-6200 • Physician Referral & Information: 630-978-6700 or 866-4COPLEY (866-426-7539)