Heart valve disease occurs when one or more of your heart valves don't work properly.
Each year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with heart valve problems.
When a heart valve does not open all the way, or has problems closing, blood doesn’t move through the heart’s chambers the way it should, which can leave you weak and short of breath.
Left untreated, heart valve disease can lead to stroke or heart failure.
UPMC's Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery is the largest heart surgery program in western Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the United States.
We offer standard and minimally invasive procedures to treat heart valve disease and other serious heart diseases and defects.
Birth defects, age-related changes, infections, or other conditions can damage one or more of your heart valves:
This can make your heart work harder and affect its ability to pump blood.
Heart valves can develop one or both of these problems:
In people whose heart valve disease comes on severely and suddenly, symptoms can occur quickly.
If your disease develops slowly and your heart has time to adjust, you may barely notice your symptoms.
Symptoms of heart valve disease include:
Your doctor may diagnose a heart valve problem during a physical exam by using a stethoscope to listen for a murmur (an abnormal heart sound).
Additional tests may include:
Testing results Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to expect your test results and will call you when they're available.
UPMC's Heart and Vascular Institute offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treating heart valve disease.
Our team of cardiologists, cardiovascular imaging experts, heart valve and aortic experts, and other specialists use state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures to determine the type and severity of your heart valve disease and tailor treatments for your specific condition.
Historically, treatment options for heart valve disease has been limited to surgical valve replacement and medical therapy.
TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) is a promising treatment alternative for people with severe heart valve disease who are at high surgical risk.
UPMC is now actively enrolling for the Medtronic CoreValve® U.S. Pivotal Trial. For more information e-mail ValveCenter@upmc.edu.
Learn more about heart and vascular treatments at UPMC.
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