Aortic valve disease care at Mayo Clinic

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

Multidisciplinary team

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart conditions (cardiologists), doctors trained in heart surgery (cardiac surgeons), imaging specialists and others collaborate as a multidisciplinary team to determine the most appropriate treatment for your condition. This team approach often means doctors can evaluate you and develop a treatment plan within two or three days.

Individualized approach

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.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors use many types of advanced imaging techniques, including echocardiography, 3-D echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography, to accurately diagnose aortic valve disease and other heart conditions. Mayo doctors perform more than 90,000 echocardiograms each year.

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

Mayo Clinic cardiac surgeons perform innovative surgical procedures to conduct aortic valve repair or replacement. Surgeons may perform minimally invasive heart surgery, which involves the use of smaller incisions than those used in open-heart surgery.

Mayo doctors may also conduct less invasive procedures to repair or replace aortic valves using catheters. For example, in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), doctors insert a replacement aortic valve through a catheter and guide it to the aortic valve. The valve may be expanded by a balloon or it may self-expand. Doctors then remove the catheter. TAVR may be an option for people who are considered to be at intermediate or high risk of complications from surgical aortic valve replacement.

Other catheter procedures may be used to repair a valve using plugs or other devices. A catheter procedure may also be used to place a replacement valve into a biological tissue replacement valve that is no longer working properly. Doctors continue to research catheter procedures to repair or replace aortic valves.

Aortic valve disease

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.

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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., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., 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.

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.

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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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Aug. 12, 2017

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