Tricuspid valve regurgitation care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic provides surgical treatment, including tricuspid valve repair and tricuspid valve replacement, for people with heart valve disease.

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A team works together to evaluate and treat people at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists), heart surgery (cardiac surgeons) and other medical specialists work together to evaluate and treat people with tricuspid valve regurgitation. This collaborative approach means health care providers can often evaluate you and develop a personalized treatment plan within two or three days.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic tricuspid valve experts use advanced technology and sophisticated imaging tests to accurately diagnose heart valve disease. They work together to determine the cause of your symptoms and to determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

Surgical experience and expertise

Cardiovascular surgeons at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota have extensive experience and expertise treating tricuspid valve regurgitation, Ebstein anomaly and other heart diseases with advanced surgical techniques in adults and children. Surgeons at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona and Florida also perform tricuspid valve regurgitation surgery for adults.

Treatment expertise

Mayo Clinic heart specialists have experience providing treatment for tricuspid valve regurgitation due to a variety of conditions, including:

  • Ebstein anomaly. Mayo Clinic cardiologists and cardiac surgeons have many years of experience in treating Ebstein anomaly, a congenital heart defect.
  • Carcinoid heart disease. Mayo Clinic cardiologists are experts in evaluating and treating carcinoid heart disease — a rare condition that causes thickening of the tricuspid valve.
  • Heart device leads. Tricuspid valve regurgitation sometimes occurs due to pacemaker and defibrillator wires, which cross the tricuspid valve. Mayo Clinic surgeons have expertise in special techniques to repair or replace the tricuspid valve, while repositioning the device lead.

Jack Long — Live Long, Beat Strong to Find a Cure

When Hurricane Sandy slammed into New Jersey, the Long family braced for two storms — the water and winds that raged in their town and their fears about the health of 14-year-old Jack.

He needs to have surgery. And we were like, you could have picked us up off the floor.

Jack needed open heart surgery to repair a rare congenital heart defect called Ebstein's anomaly.

I'm really nervous and kind of scared.

Even though Jack was born with the condition, he didn't have symptoms until he was a teen. And only when he played sports.

It's harder to breathe and I got tired a lot faster.

We know that doing the surgery now prevents damage in the future.

The surgery that helped Jack was performed by a specialized team at Mayo Clinic. Jack was born with a congenital heart defect called tricuspid valve dysplasia, or Ebstein's anomaly. And that's one of the four valves in the heart, called the tricuspid valve, that when his heart was forming, as a fetus, just didn't form correctly.

Dr. Ben Eidem says the tricuspid valve's job is to allow blood flowing into the heart from the body to flow to the right ventricle where it's pumped to the lungs for oxygen. If the tricuspid valve is leaky, blood can flow backwards, causing the heart to pump harder. Over time, the heart becomes enlarged and functions poorly.

So the idea with surgery is to try to halt that process.

Surgeon Dr. Joseph Dearani performed Jack's operation, called the cone procedure. During the operation, Dr. Dearani isolates the deformed leaflets of the tricuspid valve, he then reshapes them so they function properly.

Jack's surgery was a success. He's back to playing soccer and catching waves. But his story doesn't end there. Before his operation, Jack decided to make a difference. With the help of family, friends, and a teacher, he started a foundation.

It says Live Long, Beat Strong. To find a cure for any of the congenital heart defects just so you can help kids, anybody, have a better life.

He sold bracelets for $2.00, t-shirts for $10.00 His mom, Karen, remembers Jack asking — He goes, do you think we're going to get close to $1,000? Do you think we'll break $1,000? And I said, yeah, I think we could probably break $1,000.

And I would count it every night and look to see how much and I'm like, we could actually make a change here. We could make a difference and help other people.

People from Jack's small coastal town that was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, lined up to donate.

People dropping off checks and they're not even living in their homes. Dropping of checks to us to support Jack.

He raised well over $1,000. Just about $10,000.

The thing about Jack's story to me that is the most precious is that it wasn't about him, for Jack. It was about everybody else.

I'm just happy that we could not just help me get through, but help everyone else.

For May Clinic News Network, I'm Vivien Williams.

Expertise and rankings

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A team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons work together at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo doctors in the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic have extensive experience and expertise treating tricuspid valve regurgitation and other types of heart valve disease. Mayo Clinic doctors care for more than 8,500 people with tricuspid valve disease annually.

Congenital heart disease treatment expertise

Mayo doctors trained in pediatric cardiology, adult congenital heart disease, congenital cardiovascular surgery and other areas work together in the Center for Congenital Heart Disease at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota to treat adults and children with congenital heart diseases that may cause tricuspid valve regurgitation, such as Ebstein anomaly. Health care providers at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona and Florida also evaluate adults with Ebstein anomaly and other congenital heart diseases.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic campuses are nationally recognized for expertise in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery:

  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, 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 2022–2023 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.
  • Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, are 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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April 06, 2022