Expertise and rankings

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A team of doctors discusses research and technology, such as 3-D printing of models of the heart.

Experience

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists) and heart surgery (cardiac surgeons) have experience in evaluating and treating people with aortic valve disease, such as aortic valve stenosis and aortic valve regurgitation.

Mayo doctors evaluate and treat more than 16,000 people each year with aortic valve disease and combined aortic and mitral valve disease.

Treatment expertise

Mayo doctors in the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic have extensive experience and expertise evaluating and treating people with aortic valve disease and other heart valve diseases. A multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and other medical staff trained and experienced in evaluating and treating heart valve disease collaborate to provide your care.

Doctors trained in treating children with heart disease (pediatric cardiologists) work with pediatric cardiac surgeons at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota to care for children with aortic valve disease and other heart diseases.

Research

Mayo Clinic doctors have conducted innovative research in diagnostic tests, such as echocardiography and other imaging tests, to evaluate heart disease for many years.

Doctors have also studied and used an imaging test called multidetector computerized tomography (MDCT) to evaluate aortic valve stenosis and determine its severity, and to measure the amount of calcium in the aortic valve. In MDCT, several cross-sectional images are taken of the aortic valve, and the aortic valve is measured.

A doctor in a consultation with a patient Aortic valve disease discussion at Mayo Clinic

A Mayo Clinic doctor discusses aortic valve disease and an imaging test called multidetector computerized tomography (MDCT) with a person.

Doctors also use innovative technology to prepare for heart valve surgery. For example, doctors may study 3-D printed models of the heart and valves to prepare for heart valve surgery.

Doctors continue to study potential diagnosis and treatment options for aortic valve disease and other heart valve diseases and conduct clinical trials.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked high performing among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

With Mayo Clinic's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Minnesota, Arizona and Florida — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiac surgery and cardiovascular diseases departments' expertise and rankings.

March 23, 2017
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