Cardiac surgeons at Cleveland Clinic are treating diseases of the heart valves with a variety of techniques that have shortened recovery times, reduced complications and increased patient safety.
A minimally invasive technique for aortic valve replacement has emerged as one of the most exciting innovations in heart care in decades. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) allows doctors to insert a prosthetic valve inside a damaged valve in the cath lab. It’s a lifesaving option for patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS), for whom … Read More
We’ve suspected for some time that high cholesterol is one of the risk factors for developing aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve). It’s been clear that high cholesterol is a risk factor for developing coronary blockages, but only recently has evidence emerged showing that it also causes a risk of narrowing of the aortic … Read More
When aortic valve disease causes symptoms in adults, valve replacement surgery can fix the problem. But – even better – there’s a way to keep your valve and relieve your symptoms, too. A recent study looked at results from surgeries to repair valves instead of replacing them. The study found that valve repair produced excellent … Read More
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Is it time to have aortic valve surgery? That may be a discussion you or a loved one is having with a doctor now. Cleveland Clinic’s Eric Roselli, MD, helps us understand when a bicuspid valve needs surgery, what it means to have a “stenotic” or “regurgitant” valve, and what happens when the aorta is … Read More
You can go years, or a lifetime, with a bicuspid aortic valve problem and not need an operation. But once that valve disease advances to a severe state, surgery is necessary. With leaky (insufficient) aortic valves, sometimes the valve can be repaired. When a bicuspid valve becomes narrowed (stenotic), those valves usually need to be … Read More
Last month, heart patient Brian Nash of Cincinnati was greeted with great fanfare at the Heart & Vascular Institute. It was a special Sunday. Brian was running in the annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon race less than two years after heart surgery to repair his aortic stenosis. (Aortic stenosis is abnormal narrowing of the aortic … Read More