Tailored Treatment for Your Valvular Heart Disease (Video)

Patients with valvular heart disease should receive treatment that’s individualized for the best chance to achieve improved heart function and a better quality of life, says newly released treatment and classification guidelines. The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association recently issued the new guidelines. The guidelines help doctors decide what treatments are best … Read More

Fixing a Floppy Mitral Valve (Video)

Of all the heart valves, the mitral valve is the one repaired most often. That’s usually because of a leak called valve regurgitation. The good news is: There are a couple of effective ways to fix a “floppy” valve. In this whiteboard session, Cleveland Clinic thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon A. Marc Gillinov, MD, explains what … Read More

Inside the Mitral Valve (Video)

The mitral valve sits in the center of the heart, and though its purpose is quite simple—to keep the blood flowing in a single direction—it takes a complex, coordinated effort for this to happen. In this whiteboard session, Cleveland Clinic thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon A. Marc Gillinov, MD, explains how the mitral valve works. Next … Read More

Heart Valve Innovation is Treating the Inoperable

The award-winning Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve is giving new hope to high risk patients with valve disease. Cleveland Clinic cardiologists were among the first clinicians in the country to use the device in an innovative procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)—a minimally invasive technique for replacing a diseased aortic heart valve. New hope … Read More

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Getting My Wings Back, Part II

For a pilot, there is no sweeter recovery than returning to the cockpit after being grounded with health issues. Scot Blesch continues his firsthand account on dealing with mitral valve regurgitation.  Cleveland Clinic’s website was our go-to site when my wife, Karen, and I were trying to get answers. Was there any way to avoid surgery? … Read More

Getting My Wings Back, Part I

Pilot Scot Blesch gives this firsthand account on dealing with mitral valve regurgitation and his journey to getting back in the cockpit.  Now I can fly again. I got my wings back. I’m back in the air after mitral valve repair and ablation surgery—and after 2¼ pounds of medical records were reviewed and approved by … Read More

Tell-Tale Heart Sounds

Boo wahh, boo wahh, boo wahh. To the average listener, this is the sound that you might hear when holding a conch shell to your ear at the beach. But to Heather L. Gornik, MD, Medical Director of the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory at Cleveland Clinic, it’s a cardiac emergency—the sound of blood leaking from a … Read More

Bicuspid Aortic Valve Repair (Video)

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

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What Do Heart Valves Do? (Video)

Learn how the heart valves work in this White Board Session with Cleveland Clinic cardiothoracic surgeon Eric Roselli, MD. This video explains what it means to have a “leaky” or “restricted” valve. This simple, visual presentation will help you understand regurgitation, insufficiency and stenosis in a heart valve. Next See All in the Series

First TAVR with FDA Nod

The four doctors – two interventional cardiologists and two heart surgeons — were exhilarated as they emerged from the operating room. They’d just completed a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) operation at Cleveland Clinic – and heard of the news of pending FDA approval. As he removed his mask, prominent aortic surgeon Eric Roselli, MD, … Read More