Valve Disorders

Stay informed about heart, vascular and thoracic topics in this continuation of The Beating Edge blog from our Heart & Vascular Institute, which is ranked No. 1 in heart care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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Cardiac Research Studies

New Trials for Heart Valve Replacement Underway

Tags: aortic valve replacement, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, innovation, outcomes, research

Your heart valves regulate blood flow but when advanced valve disease causes problems, valve replacement surgery may be necessary. Surgeons look to two trials on new approaches to improve on patient outcomes.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

How Cardiac Rehab Can Help You—And Your Heart (Video)

Tags: cardiac rehab heart month, cardiac rehabilitation, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart surgery, heart video, video

Cardiac rehabilitation can serve as a powerful prescription for better heart health. While many people think that this therapy is limited to patients who have had surgery or heart attacks, it can benefit many others, too.

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New Music Comes Soon After New Heart Valve

Tags: aorta, aortic valve replacement, congenital heart defect, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery

Patient’s proactive approach to his own care leads to successful valve surgery—and healthy cognitive functioning soon after the procedure.

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Exercise Test Forecasts Heart Patients’ Outcome

Tags: heart, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, mitral valve disease, research, stress echo

Cleveland Clinic cardiologists have found that a relatively simple treadmill stress test provides valuable insight about long-term medical outcomes in heart patients with a leaky mitral valve.

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For Mitral Valve Surgery, Timing Is Key

Tags: cardiology, mitral valve disease, mitral valve surgery

Experience shows that early intervention in mitral valve disease yields the best outcomes for patients. Joseph F. Sabik III, MD, Chairman of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, discusses the best options.

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Short of Breath? It Could Be a Heart Issue

Tags: abnormal heart beat, activity, coronary artery disease, exercise, heart disease, vascular disease

The fitter you are, the better you will feel as you age. But if you experience a sudden decrease in your activity level, something could be wrong and it is time to talk to your doctor.

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Skiing Marathons Soon After Surgery

Tags: A-Fib, activity, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, cardiac surgery, mitral valve repair, patient story

Jay Wiener completed two cross-country ski marathons within two months of a mitral valve repair at Cleveland Clinic. His inspirational story gives others confidence in a complete recovery.

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Fixing a Floppy Mitral Valve (Video)

Tags: heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart surgery, inside mitral valve whiteboards, mitral valve repair, Valve Disease, valve surgery, whiteboard sessions

A leaky mitral valve can be repaired effectively. In this whiteboard session, Cleveland Clinic's A. Marc Gillinov, MD, illustrates the problem and procedures to fix it.

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Inside the Mitral Valve (Video)

Tags: heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, inside mitral valve whiteboards, mitral valve repair, Valve Disease, valve surgery, whiteboard sessions

Find out how the mitral valve works in this whiteboard session led by Cleveland Clinic thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon A. Marc Gillinov, MD.

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Heart Valve Innovation is Treating the Inoperable (Video)

Tags: aortic valve surgery, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, news, percutaneous heart valve, research, TAVR, valve, Valve Disease

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive technique for replacing a diseased aortic heart valve that is bringing hope to high risk patients.