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Treating Heart Valve Disease

When you’re a patient at Providence, we help you feel better today and reduce your risk of more serious disease tomorrow. We work with you to create a personalized plan to treat your heart valve disease. This plan includes everything from diagnosis and treatment to the post-care support you need to feel your best. The result is compassionate, whole-person care for your body, mind and spirit.

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.

More About 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:

Testing and Diagnostics

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Your heart care team uses many different methods to find out which therapies work best for you. They look at your symptoms, other medical conditions and overall health. They also use the most advanced diagnostics to evaluate your condition. Depending on your case, this may include one or more of the following:

Personalized Treatment for Heart Valve Disease

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. Every treatment plan includes lifestyle changes to support your recovery and long-term heart health. 

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

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