Tricuspid valve disease care at Mayo Clinic

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Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart and blood vessel conditions (cardiologists) and heart and blood vessel surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) evaluate and treat people with tricuspid valve disease and other types of heart valve disease. Doctors trained in treating children with heart disease (pediatric cardiologists) treat children with tricuspid valve disease and other heart diseases at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

Collaborative care

Mayo Clinic doctors with training in many different specialties work together as a team to provide 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.

Comprehensive treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience treating tricuspid valve disease and other types of heart valve disease with several types of heart valve surgery. In some cases, doctors may use minimally invasive heart surgery.

Treatment depends on the severity and specific type of tricuspid valve disease. Your treatment may include careful monitoring, medications or surgery.

To treat tricuspid stenosis, doctors may perform a procedure called a balloon valvotomy. In this procedure, doctors insert a thin tube (catheter) with a balloon attached into an artery in your leg and guide it to your heart. Doctors insert the balloon into the narrowed valve and inflate it to widen the valve and improve blood flow. The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is removed.

Your doctor may recommend a catheter procedure to replace a tricuspid valve that has previously been replaced and is no longer working. A catheter procedure is less invasive than open-heart surgery and doesn't require open-heart surgery.

Congenital heart disease treatment

If tricuspid valve disease is due to a congenital heart condition, you may need other treatments or surgeries. Mayo Clinic surgeons have training and expertise performing surgical procedures to treat congenital heart diseases.

If your child has tricuspid atresia, several surgeries may be needed.

If you have Ebstein anomaly, you may need surgery to repair or replace the tricuspid valve. Your doctor may also treat other heart defects or conditions that may be present.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo doctors in the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic have extensive experience and expertise treating tricuspid valve disease and other heart valve diseases. Mayo doctors evaluate and treat more than 8,500 people with tricuspid valve disease each year.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic campuses are nationally recognized for expertise in cardiology and cardiovascular 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 Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2021-2022 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.
  • Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked among the Best 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 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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June 25, 2021