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Heart Valve Center at Saint Joseph Medical Center

The leading-edge Heart Valve Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center offers patients advanced screenings and diagnostics to detect even the slightest cases of heart murmurs or valvular heart disease.

2274.0 miles away
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Heart Valve Center at Saint Joseph Medical Center

The leading-edge Heart Valve Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center offers patients advanced screenings and diagnostics to detect even the slightest cases of heart murmurs or valvular heart disease.

2274.0 miles away
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Personalized Treatment for Heart Valve Disease

A heart valve problem is a disease or disorder of one or more of the four valves in the heart. It may be present at birth (congenital) or develop over time because of other health conditions. The expert cardiac teams at Providence use the most effective therapies to treat patients with every type of heart valve disease, including:

  • Aortic stenosis
  • Aortic valve regurgitation
  • Heart infection (infective endocarditis)
  • Heart murmurs
  • Mitral regurgitation
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Tricuspid valve regurgitation

We know that no two patients are the same. This is why your care team works with you to design an individualized treatment plan based specifically on your heart condition and your personal needs. Your care plan may include one or more of the following therapies:

  • Aortic valve repair or replacement
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Heart valve repair or replacement/valvuloplasty
  • Mitral valve repair or replacement
  • Prescription medications
  • Robot-assisted mitral valve repair
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair
  • Tricuspid valve repair or replacement

Meet the Team

At Providence, you'll have access to a vast network of dedicated and compassionate providers who offer personalized care by focusing on treatment, prevention and health education.

Why Choose Us for Heart Valve Disease Care?

At Providence, we see the life in you. We are committed to making a positive difference in every life we touch.

Our patients are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we’re always looking for ways to make your experience better. If your treatment requires innovative procedures, we’ve got you covered. When Lynn Barry was diagnosed with aortic stenosis, a type of valve problem, she was told she’d need open-heart surgery to replace a heart valve. But because Ms. Barry’s heart condition was strong overall, her Providence cardiologist instead recommended the cutting-edge transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. TAVR is dramatically easier on the patient because it doesn’t require opening the chest. Ms. Barry was able to return home just one day after the procedure.

Our improved referral process makes it easier for patients to stay with Providence, the network they trust. We’ve also introduced a program to help patients get faster care through virtual visits with a nurse practitioner. This patient-centered approach to care is why thousands of patients just like you have trusted Providence with their heart care for 80 years.

We take a team-based approach to treating your heart valve disease. Why? Because we know this leads to the best results. Every Providence patient has access to world-class care from leaders in the field. Your multidisciplinary care team includes board-certified heart care specialists who have superior outcomes treating the most complex conditions. Your care team also works closely with dietitians to help you make heart-healthy food choices, physical therapists to help you keep living life to its fullest, and nurse navigators to coordinate your care with your primary care physician.

We understand that the impact of heart disease is greater in marginalized communities. Genetics plays a part, but unequal access to great health care is also a factor. At Providence, we value, respect and support the racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual and spiritual identities of all our patients. We are deeply committed to making sure everyone in our diverse communities has equal access to the best heart care. To do this, we offer location-specific services that help meet our patients’ needs. This includes translation for non-English-speaking patients, telehealth and transportation assistance. And we never turn a patient away, regardless of their ability to pay. Instead, we work harder to make sure every patient is treated equally and with dignity – whoever you are, and wherever you’re at.

As a patient at Providence, you belong to one of the largest community-based networks for heart care in the United States. This means your local heart care team shares knowledge and experience with other cardiac specialists across 51 hospitals in seven states. If specialty care is needed, your heart care team can easily reach the physicians with the most expertise. Take the story of our patient Donald Hitzel, who developed a narrowing of the aortic heart valve at age 101. Instead of open-heart surgery, his Providence cardiologist recommended the minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Soon after his procedure, Mr. Hitzel entered a Providence cardiac rehab program, where he immediately felt improvement in his endurance and breathing. The power of our network is one of the reasons more than 400,000 heart patients choose Providence each year.

Providence is well known for offering options – and hope – to patients seeking the most advanced therapies to treat heart valve disease. Our doctors and scientists support groundbreaking research projects and clinical trials, such as one determining how helpful an aortic valve replacement is for patients with symptomless aortic stenosis. We also participate in national and international data registries that track cardiovascular outcomes. This helps us learn more to continually improve our care. Our leadership helps us provide better heart care – and a better life – for you and your loved ones.

The Power of Our Network

Part of the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute of Los Angeles

Our patients have been at the heart of everything we do for over 95 years.

  • We were the first in the nation to implant the WATCHMAN, a device to protect our atrial fibrillation patients from stroke.
  • Our team of cardiovascular experts cares for patients across six world-class hospitals throughout the county. So you’ll receive the highest quality of care, close to home.
  • More than 10,000 heart patients choose us for their heart care each year.

Learn More About the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute in Los Angeles

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