A person may not know at first that they have aortic valve regurgitation. Over time, however, their blood pressure can increase and they may begin to feel tired and short of breath. They may also develop an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), chest pain or palpitations. This is because the heart is now straining to pump out both the new blood that is coming into the ventricle as well as the blood that is flowing back through the damaged valve.
Continued regurgitation may result in reduced heart function (heart failure). It can also lead to lung congestion which makes it difficult to breath and causes you to retain fluid, leading to swelling of the feet and ankles.