Our team of heart care specialists offers comprehensive care for patients who suffer from valvular heart disease. The Heart Valve Clinic includes a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nursing staff and additional health care specialists who provide care and their expertise to their patients . These experts are able to test and assess if the patient is a possible transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) candidate.
- Medication can be prescribed for some patients, but it generally only provides short-term results.
- Open-heart surgery is the most common procedure used to replace the diseased valve. Surgeons insert an artificial valve made of animal or human tissue or a mechanical valve made from synthetic material.
- TAVR is an option for high-risk patients who may not be able to tolerate open-heart surgery. TAVR allows surgeons to insert a valve made of biological tissue using a catheter. This non-invasive procedure allows patients to recover and heal faster than patients who undergo open heart surgery.