Valve Disease

Valve Disease is very common, more than five million Americans are diagnosed each year and unfortunately it can go undetected for many years. The symptoms develop slowly and do not typically present themselves to the patient until later onset of the disease, which at this point may be advanced.

 

Stenosis (abnormal narrowing) or regurgitation (leaking) in the heart valves causes the heart to work harder and if left untreated, may lead to heart failure. The heart has 4 valves that keep blood flowing from the heart in the right direction. The four valves are the mitral, aortic, tricuspid and pulmonic valves. The mitral and aortic valves are the most frequently affected by valvular disease.

 

The aortic valve governs blood flow between the heart and the aorta and thus the vessels to the rest of the body. Severe aortic stenosis is when the blood flowing out of the heart is hampered and the valves of the aorta won’t open and close properly.

 

Treatments

Diagnosis of valvular stenosis and regurgitation
Percutaneous aortic valvoplasty for aortic stenosis
Aortic Valve Repair
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement