- Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart and blood vessel conditions (cardiologists) and heart and blood vessel surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) have experience in evaluating and treating people who have aortic stenosis and other types of heart valve disease, including complex heart valve conditions.
- Diagnostic tools. Mayo Clinic cardiologists use many tests to accurately diagnose people who have aortic stenosis. Tests may include echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, cardiac catheterization and others
- Treatment expertise. Mayo Clinic doctors and surgeons have expertise treating aortic stenosis with procedures including balloon valvuloplasty, aortic valve repair (valvuloplasty), aortic valve replacement and other types of heart valve surgery. Doctors also conduct minimally invasive heart surgery, which involves smaller incisions that often result in less pain and a quicker recovery. Doctors monitor your condition over time for any changes in your condition.
- Efficient system. Mayo Clinic doctors diagnose your condition and develop your treatment plan, often in a few days.
- Team approach. Mayo Clinic doctors work together to determine the most appropriate treatment for your condition.
- Research. Mayo Clinic doctors study potential diagnosis and treatment options for aortic stenosis and other heart valve diseases and conduct clinical trials clintrials.html. Researchers also study new heart valve surgery options, including minimally invasive aortic valve replacement surgery.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery.
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At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.
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