Human heart valves are membranes attached to the heart wall that constantly open and close to regulate blood flow (causing the sound of a heartbeat). When there is a narrowing of your heart's aortic valve opening, this is known as aortic stenosis. This narrowing does not allow for normal blood flow. It is most often caused by age-related calcification, but can be caused by a birth defect, rheumatic fever, or radiation therapy.
While symptoms of aortic valve disease are more associated with severe aortic stenosis, the symptoms are commonly misunderstood by patients as 'normal' signs of aging. Many patients initially appear asymptomatic, but on closer examination, up to 37% exhibit symptoms.
Risk factors associated with aortic valve disease include the following:
Source: Courtesy of Edwards Lifesciences LLC, Irvine, CA
The Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano features one of the nation's most robust aortic valve replacement and repair programs. Our aortic valve replacement program routinely receives the highest rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
While we offer a number of different approaches to correct many different types of aortic valve disease, we are proud to feature a highly experienced
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement program (TAVR). TAVR is a relatively new, minimally invasive technique used to replace the heart's aortic valve.
The cardiac interventionalists on our medical staff have performed more than a thousand TAVR procedures and have achieved tremendous outcomes, including complication rates that are below the national average and shorter hospital stays for guests.
In addition to TAVR, Baylor Scott & White Heart – Plano offers a complete portfolio of procedures to address aortic valve issues:
Patients should call 1.855.922.9567 for a referral to a physician on Baylor Scott & White Heart – Plano medical staff that specializes in aortic valve disease. Referring physicians may call 469.814.3565 to schedule a patient for evaluation.
Thoracic Aortic Emergent Patient Transfer | For patients presenting with acute aortic dissections and other thoracic aortic emergencies,
call our Patient Transfer Center at 214.820.6444 from anywhere across the DFW Metroplex and beyond.
The team of surgeons on our medical staff, along with our nursing staff, will go into immediate action to transport the patient to either Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano or Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.
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