Heart Valve Consultation & Treatment in Aurora
The physicians at The Medical Center of Aurora’s Valve Clinic are specialists in heart valve consultation and treatment. Located at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA), our interdisciplinary group delivers the newest and most effective treatments for heart-valve disorders. We provide traditional valve-replacement surgeries, as well as minimally invasive treatment methods for patients with aortic stenosis.
The aorta is the main vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. As blood flows from the heart to the body, it passes through the aortic valve. In patients with aortic stenosis, the aortic valve does not fully open, causing difficulty for the heart to pump the necessary amount of blood through the aortic valve.
Because the narrowing of the aortic valve reduces the flow of blood through the heart, the heart works harder to pump enough blood to the body. This added stress has the potential to significantly weaken the heart.
Aortic defect or stenosis most commonly arises from calcium deposits on the valve surfaces, but can also be caused by birth defects, excess of radiation therapy or rheumatic fever.
Treatment Options for Aortic Stenosis
The most effective treatment option for aortic stenosis is valve replacement. The two primary approaches provided at TMCA are:
- Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement (SAVR), an open-heart surgery in which the aortic valve is removed and replaced with either a mechanical replacement or a biological valve made from human or animal tissue. This procedure has been used successfully for many years and is best suited to patients physically well enough to tolerate surgery.
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is an alternative for patients with high risk or severe aortic stenosis who may have difficulty tolerating SAVR. This procedure accesses the heart through one of several arteries and inserts a new aortic valve with the assistance of a catheter.
Patients We Treat
The Valve Clinic sees high risk patients with moderate to severe aortic stenosis. Because we treat a diverse patient base with varying treatment methods, we have assembled a dedicated and highly skilled team of healthcare providers experienced in this critical area.
Our providers emphasize a coordinated approach to treatment. Our interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons work closely with referring cardiologists to establish a personalized plan of care.
We continually work to develop treatment plans designed to return patients to their best heart health. Our staff of echocardiographers, anesthesiologists, valve clinic coordinators, cardiac catheter lab technicians and nurse practitioners all collaborate intensively as we pursue the best outcomes for our patients.