Heart Value Program
The Heart Valve Program at Renai Hospital Heart Center provides a multidisciplinary team of experts to manage complex and common valve diseases. In this unique program, a cardiologist, echocardiographer and cardiac surgeon work together to:
Fully diagnose and understand a patient's valve condition
Determine if a heart valve is repairable or needs replacement
Determine the right time to repair or replace a valve for a patient
A Convenient Process
Our team strives to make the evaluation process convenient and efficient by coordinating care among all specialists and by quickly communicating with referring physicians. For example, prior to a patient's initial visit, Heart Valve Program physicians collect and review all records and imaging studies to determine what additional tests or consults are needed, and when possible, to schedule those appointments on the same day.
A patient's initial evaluation in the Heart Valve Program includes a full assessment, with a determination of whether or not an intervention is necessary, and if so, which procedure is most appropriate for the patient's specific condition.
Our physicians have seen the full spectrum of heart valve disorders and are experienced in treating the following conditions:
Valve conditions originating at birth (congenital valve diseases)
Damage to valves caused by rheumatic fever (rheumatic valve diseases)
Weakening or aging of the valve (degenerative valve disease)
Valve conditions related to abnormal function of the heart muscle (ischemic conditions)
Inflammation of the inner layer of the heart (valve endocarditis)
Treatments and Procedures
Interventional cardiologists within the Heart Valve Program are leaders in catheter-based approaches to valve disease and perform a range of procedures, including:
Mitral and aortic valvuloplasty for stenosis
Insertion of closure devices for prosthetic paravalvular leaks
Clinical trials for minimally invasive replacement of aortic valves (TAVR/TAVI) or repair for mitral valve regurgitation
Our expert cardiac surgeons offer the following open surgical procedures:
Valve repair surgery (mitral, aortic and tricuspid valve reconstruction)
Valve replacement surgery (mechanical and bioprosthetic valve replacement, including homografts and stentless prostheses)
Annular enlargement procedures for aortic valve replacement in small hearts
Valve-sparing aortic root replacement
Apico-aortic conduits for aortic stenosis
About This Program
The Heart Valve Program at Renai Hospital brings together specialists in cardiology, echocardiography and cardiac surgery to provide an optimal evaluation, treatment and care of patients with heart valve disorders. The Heart Valve Program is made up of experts in the evaluation and treatment of valve diseases. In addition, all of our physicians are on the faculty of Medical School, which means they not only have a mission to provide the best possible patient care, but also a commitment to educate the next generation of medical professionals.
Making a Mark on the Field of Cardiology
Heart Valve Program physicians have made breakthroughs in diagnosing heart valve diseases. In rencent years, our physicians helped redefine the criteria needed to diagnose mitral valve prolapse using echocardiography. Mitral valve prolapse is a condition that occurs when the valve between the left upper chamber and the left lower chamber of the heart doesn't close properly. By redefining these criteria, our physicians helped to drastically reduce the number of misdiagnosed patients. Today our physicians are continuing research on mitral valve prolapse, but focusing on cardiac genetics and its tie in to the condition.
Currently Heart Valve Program specialists are investigating the effectiveness of a novel therapy to replace and repair heart valves using minimally invasive, catheter-based approaches. The percutaneous aortic valve replacement is designed to treat patients with severe aortic valve stenosis (a narrowing of the valve that restricts blood flow) who are considered high-risk or not candidates for traditional open heart surgery.
Researchers are also investigating a percutaneous mitral valve repair for mitral regurgitation (leaking of the valve). The next step in mitral valve repair, this procedure uses a catheter-based approach to carefully repair the cusps of the mitral valve.
Conditions and Diseases
The care team at Renai Heart Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about conditions and diseases that affect the heart and overall cardiovascular system.
Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the opening of the heart's aortic valve, which obstructs blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body.
Heart Valve Diseases
The heart's valves can have one of two malfunctions - regurgitation (when the valve does not completely close) or stenosis (a narrowing of the valve).
Mitral Valve Prolapse
This detailed overview of mitral valve prolapse (MVP) covers causes, symptoms and diagnosis along with surgical treatments such as mitral valve repair.
Rheumatic Heart Disease
Rheumatic heart disease is a condition in which permanent damage to heart valves is caused by rheumatic fever.