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Heart valve disease occurs when the valves in the heart do not work properly. Your heart has four valves: aortic, mitral, tricuspid, and pulmonary. Each of these valves is responsible for blood flow through your heart into different chambers. Heart valve problems include:
Just as some people are born with heart valve problems (congenital) and some people develop them later in life, heart valve disease may have no symptoms in some people while in others it may progress until symptoms develop. Heart valve disease may lead to serious heart and blood vessel disorders if left untreated, including
stroke, blood clots, or
sudden cardiac arrest.
Although medications may be used to treat the symptoms of heart valve disease, they cannot cure it. The most effective treatments are the repair or replacement of malfunctioning valves. Valves can be either man-made (mechanical) or biological, usually from pigs (porcine), cows (bovine), or horses (equine).
The highly trained cardiac surgeons and interventionalists on our medical staff offer a complete range of traditional surgical heart valve procedures as well as minimally invasive surgical and catheter-based management of aortic and
mitral valve disease. With comfort and care being a top priority, we try to take a minimally invasive approach to treating heart valve disorders first. This interventional approach means that one can often avoid a traditional surgical procedure. Interventional procedures usually result in less scarring, a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker recovery for most patients.
In addition to traditional (open heart) heart valve procedures, The Heart Valve Center of Texas offers evaluations and expertise for highly specialized procedures such as:
In addition, via a process that begins with evaluation at The Heart Valve Center of Texas, these heart valve specialists also perform:
If you are in need of heart valve care and an evaluation of your condition, talk to your physician about a referral to The Heart Valve Center of Texas.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano or Baylor Health Care System.