Aortic valve disease care at Mayo Clinic

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A Mayo Clinic doctor and surgeon collaborate and discuss aortic valve disease.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Doctors at Mayo Clinic provide care for you as a whole person. Doctors take the time to get to know you and work with you to provide exactly the care you need.

Team approach

A multidisciplinary team of doctors trained in heart conditions (cardiologists), doctors trained in heart surgery (cardiac surgeons), and other experienced medical staff work together to determine the most appropriate treatment for your aortic valve disease. This collaborative approach often means doctors can evaluate you and develop a treatment plan within two or three days.

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A team of doctors discusses care for people with aortic valve disease.

Advanced diagnosis

Mayo Clinic doctors use a variety of advanced imaging techniques, including 3D echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography, to accurately diagnose aortic valve disease and other heart conditions.

For example, multidetector computerized tomography (MDCT) can be used to evaluate aortic valve stenosis and determine its severity. In MDCT, several cross-sectional images are taken of the aortic valve, and the aortic valve is measured. This imaging test can also measure the amount of calcium in the aortic valve.

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

Innovative treatment

Mayo cardiac surgeons perform advanced surgical procedures to perform aortic valve repair or replacement. Surgeons also may perform minimally invasive heart surgery, which involves the use of smaller incisions than those used in open-heart surgery. Mayo Clinic doctors may use and study 3D printed models of your heart and valves to prepare for heart valve surgery.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic 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. Mayo cardiologists and cardiac surgeons evaluate and treat more than 16,000 people each year with aortic valve disease and combined aortic and mitral valve disease.

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.

Aortic valve disease

Mayo Clinic cardiologist explains aortic valve disease, including aortic stenosis.

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 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.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked as high performing for aortic valve replacement and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures by U.S. News & World Report. "High performing" is a designation given to the top 16 percent of TAVR programs across the nation (600+ programs). U.S News & World Report ranked hospitals for this procedure for the first time in 2020-2021.

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

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's Cardiovascular Surgery and Cardiovascular Medicine departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Aug. 07, 2020