Heart valve disease, also known as valvular heart disease, affects one or more of the heart’s four valves, which open and close with each heartbeat to keep blood flowing in one direction. An estimated 5 million Americans are diagnosed with valve disease every year. A heart murmur, an abnormal sound heard during a heartbeat, is often harmless, but can be a sign of valvular heart disease.
Our heart valve disease experts treat the full range of structural heart conditions. Structural heart disease includes conditions affecting the valves and vessels of the heart wall. These conditions can be congenital (your born with it) or the result of wear and tear on the heart. They include:
- Aortic valve disease, including regurgitation (also known as insufficiency), stenosis and bicuspid aortic valve disease
- Mitral valve disease, including prolapse, regurgitation and stenosis
- Pulmonary valve disease, including regurgitation or stenosis
- Tricuspid valve disease, including regurgitation and stenosis
- Multiple and mixed valve disease
- Endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart, usually involving one or more of the heart valves
- Some patients might be born with valve problems, also called congenital heart disease. Our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program is one of the few of its kind in the state and treats adults with all types of congenital heart defects.
Academic Medicine to Diagnose and Treat Heart Valve Disease
Our team, led by doctors representing multiple specialties, provides the individualized care you need. Our specialists work collaboratively, using best-practice techniques and weekly "valve conferences" to gather multiple opinions and to make sure you get the best treatment recommendations. We have access to the latest diagnostic and imaging capabilities.
You may need surgery to repair or replace a heart valve, others may need only medications or close monitoring. Our heart and vascular experts offer the entire spectrum of care for valvular disease treatment, including nonsurgical options, traditional open surgical procedures and minimally invasive surgery such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR).
Because we are part of an academic medical center, our patients have access to treatments not readily available at other institutions. We also participate in significant clinical research trials to find new and more effective treatments for heart and vascular disease.
Prompt, Patient-Centered Care
We offer quick access to full evaluation, including consultations with cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, in one convenient location. We plan visits as conveniently as possible for our patients. We emphasize patient education and want patients to participate in their treatment decisions. Our team also works closely with referring physicians to coordinate consultation, treatment and follow-up care.
Heart Valve Disease Second Opinion Program
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with heart valve disease? Our team of experts offers a robust second opinion program for heart valve disease that can give you peace of mind that you are on the right treatment path or help you learn about treatment alternatives you did not know were available. Learn more about our Second Opinion Program.
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