Valley’s interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons have a special interest and proven track record in repairing heart valves. At the Comprehensive Valve Center, our surgeons and specialists come together to provide safe, leading-edge care for individuals with valvular heart disease. The center’s goal is to provide patients the best options for their specific diagnosis.

The Valley Approach to Valve Care

Treatment of heart valve disease varies greatly nationwide, with many patients seeing multiple physicians at different locations, providing a more fragmented delivery of care. At Valley, we have a streamlined care approach where patients are seen under one roof by an interdisciplinary team of practitioners that includes cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and advanced practice providers. Together with the patient, our team develops a personalized treatment plan to meet the patient’s needs.

We follow a “shared-decision making” model at Valley’s Comprehensive Valve Center. That means we review each case individually and discuss with you all the risks and benefits of repair or replacement. We encourage you to share your concerns with us so you understand the full range of options available. Together, we can come to the right decision for you.

Additionally, with our experience and focus on research, we are able to recommend the latest standards of care. For example, for aortic stenosis, studies suggest that patients without aortic stenosis symptoms can benefit from earlier surgical interventions, including TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement).

Conditions Treated

Heart Valve Replacement vs. Repair

For heart valve disease and valve conditions that affect a patient’s quality of life, the primary treatment involves either repairing or replacing the damaged valve. Replacement heart valves do not last as long as natural valves. Because of this, Valley’s approach is to repair rather than replace valves whenever possible.

Heart Valve Repair and Replacement Options

Heart valve repair and replacement at Valley include the following options for patients with:

Aortic stenosis: Valve specialists at Valley perform the minimally invasive TAVR procedure to replace the aortic valve in patients with severe aortic stenosis.

Aortic regurgitation: Valley’s Integrated Aortic Program has experience treating aneurysms associated with severely leaking aortic valves by manipulating aspects of the valve. Through this experience, cardiac surgeons at Valley are now using similar aortic valve repair techniques to address aortic regurgitation.

Mitral regurgitation: Our valve specialists use the minimally invasive procedure, MitraClip, to treat patients with severe, degenerative mitral regurgitation who are eligible for surgery.

Mitral valve stenosis: Our specialists use mitral balloon valvuloplasty, a minimally invasive procedure used to restore normal blood flow and reduce pressure in the heart and lung for patients with mitral valve stenosis.

Treatments Offered at the Comprehensive Valve Center

For more information or to schedule an appointment at Valley’s Comprehensive Valve Center, call 201-447-8377.