You may not know it, but you depend on four tiny valves in your heart. As long as they open and close the way they were designed to with each and every heartbeat, blood flows properly, delivering oxygen throughout the body. But if something goes wrong with your heart valves, you could be in danger.
At the Memorial Heart Center Valve Clinic, we have an experienced medical staff that is trained in both the detection and treatment of valve conditions. Our affiliated cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons work as a team to get you the care you need. It’s that collaboration, as well as our dedicated Valve Clinic staff, that make the Memorial Heart Center Valve Clinic unique.
Memorial Hospital also offers Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for patients with severe aortic stenosis that are not well enough to undergo traditional surgery.
- Shortness of breath or breathing too hard
- Chest pain and pressure or a feeling of squeezing or heaviness
- Swelling of the legs
- Fainting, dizziness, lightheadedness
- Heart murmur (turbulent flow of blood) heard by a physician
Aortic or Mitral Regurgitation – The aortic valve or the mitral valve does not close properly, allowing blood to leak through when it is not supposed to.
Aortic or Mitral Stenosis – The aortic valve or mitral valve has an abnormal narrowing that does not allow enough blood to flow through the valve into the lungs and the rest of the body.
- A comprehensive review of your medical history
- Physical examination
- Echocardiogram (painless ultrasound of the heart)
- Discussion of test results and treatment plan options.
Proper treatment of heart valve disease is different for each individual patient and depends on how severe the symptoms are and how well the heart is functioning. For many patients, this may mean medications and close observation. For other patients, surgical valve repair or replacement may be recommended. Possible surgical options include: