Heart valve disease care at Mayo Clinic
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A team of doctors collaborate and discuss heart valve disease.
Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists), doctors trained in heart surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) and other heart valve disease specialists work together to provide you with coordinated, comprehensive care. This collaborative approach means doctors can often evaluate you and develop a treatment plan within two or three days.
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 offer many diagnostic tests and treatment options for heart valve disease, including aortic valve disease, mitral valve disease, pulmonary valve disease and tricuspid valve disease.
Mayo Clinic doctors use advanced imaging techniques, including echocardiography, 3D echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography, to accurately diagnose heart valve disease and other heart conditions.
Mayo Clinic doctors collaborate and discuss a 3-D echocardiogram.
Research and innovation
Mayo doctors have been pioneers in many types of heart valve surgery, such as mitral valve repair and aortic valve repair, for many years. Mayo doctors have continued this tradition of research and innovation in heart valve disease. Doctors have researched innovative types of heart valve repair and replacement. Researchers study new procedures to repair or replace heart valves using catheter procedures, minimally invasive heart surgery and other surgical techniques.
Research and technology at Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic doctors discuss research and technology, such as 3-D printing of models of the heart.
Mayo Clinic researchers actively study new diagnostic tests and treatments for people with heart valve disease. You may have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. Read more about research in the Cardiovascular Research Center.
Areas of research include:
- New procedures to conduct heart valve repair and heart valve replacement
- Development of biological tissue valves using human tissue for potential use in heart valve replacement
- Catheter procedures to repair or replace heart valves
- Minimally invasive heart surgery to repair or replace heart valves
- 3D printing of models of the heart and valves that doctors may study to prepare to conduct heart valve surgery
- Use of blood-thinning medications in people with biological and mechanical tissue valves
- Genetics of heart valve disease
- Medical therapy for aortic valve stenosis
Innovative heart valve surgery
Mayo Clinic heart surgeons have experience and training in innovative techniques used to perform heart valve surgery. When possible, surgeons repair heart valves instead of replacing them.
Robot-assisted heart surgery at Mayo Clinic
A Mayo Clinic surgeon sits at a remote console and uses robotic arms to conduct robot-assisted heart surgery. A surgical team assists at the operating table.
Mayo surgeons may sometimes perform minimally invasive heart surgery, which involves the use of smaller incisions than those used in open-heart surgery. Sometimes, doctors perform robot-assisted heart surgery to repair heart valves.
Robot-assisted heart surgery team at Mayo Clinic
A Mayo Clinic surgeon and surgical team assist with robot-assisted heart surgery, while another surgeon sits at a remote console controlling the robotic arms.
Mayo doctors may conduct less invasive heart procedures using long, thin tubes (catheters) to repair or replace certain heart valves. Doctors may use clips or plugs to make the repairs.
Mayo Clinic heart surgeons and researchers actively study new catheter procedures to repair or replace heart valves.
Expertise and rankings
A Mayo Clinic doctor and surgeon collaborate and discuss heart valve disease.
Expertise and experience
Mayo Clinic cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and others have experience diagnosing and treating all types of heart valve disease. Each year, Mayo doctors evaluate or treat more than 35,668 people with heart valve disease.
Doctors at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota have treated children with congenital heart disease for many years. Pediatric cardiologists and pediatric cardiovascular surgeons at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota have extensive experience evaluating and treating children with heart disease.
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.
The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Association (ACHA) has designated the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Clinic at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, as an ACHA ACHD Accredited Comprehensive Care Center.
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 cardiovascular 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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