What is a Valve Clinic?
The Valve Clinic is a process for evaluating patients with complex diseases of the cardiac valves, such as aortic stenosis or mitral stenosis. The clinic is led by a team of expert cardiologists and surgeons from the Heart and Vascular Institute. Patients with heart valve disease are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel to determine optimal, customized treatment plans. In this way, the valve clinic is designed to be patient-focused and provide a holistic, integrated care model. The clinic also maintains a robust clinical database of complex valve disorders to support research and advances in the treatment of cardiac valve disease.
What Types of Patients Can be Reviewed by the Valve Clinic?
Any patient diagnosed with complex valve disease including, but not limited to:
Some patients with severe valve disease might be eligible for the new Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure.
Treatment Options for Valve Clinic Patients
There are many treatment options for patients who are enrolled in our valve clinic program. These may include medical management and/or options such as:
- Traditional open heart surgery
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Balloon Valvuloplasty
- Hybrid procedures (minimally invasive valve surgery with simultaneous percutaneous intervention)
- TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement)
How Do I Become a Valve Clinic Patient?
To learn more about the Valve Clinic, or to see whether you are a candidate for the clinic, call our Valve Nurse Navigator at (407) 518-2728, to test your heart valve health.