Mayo Clinic's approach

Multidisciplinary aortic valve disease teamwork at Mayo Clinic

At Mayo Clinic, a multidisciplinary team works together to provide expert care to people with aortic valve disease.

Collaboration

At Mayo Clinic, cardiac surgeons work together as a team with cardiologists and other health care professionals to provide coordinated, comprehensive care for people undergoing aortic valve repair or aortic valve replacement.

Doctors collaborate to treat you as a whole person. If you have other health concerns in addition to aortic valve disease, doctors can often evaluate and treat other conditions during your visit.

Valve problems in children with heart disease: What patients and families should know

Joseph A. Dearani, M.D., a cardiovascular surgeon at Mayo Clinic, discusses common issues in treating children with heart valve problems, including the timing of medical intervention and treatment options.

Technology

People who come to Mayo Clinic for aortic valve disease treatment have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities.

Mayo Clinic doctors offer the latest aortic valve disease treatment options, including several minimally invasive options that involve smaller incisions and possibly, a quicker recovery. These options include:

Cardiac catheterization laboratory at Mayo Clinic

Cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists and radiologists at Mayo Clinic offer the latest in minimally invasive heart surgery options.

Research and innovation

Mayo Clinic's doctors and researchers are established pioneers in the field of heart surgery and are involved in numerous international and national studies to improve the technology and techniques used in aortic valve repair and aortic valve replacement.

Researchers study many areas related to heart valve diseases, including research in new blood-thinning medications for people with a mechanical valve replacement and genetics research in people with aortic valve disease.

As a patient at Mayo Clinic, you may have access to more than 100 heart-related clinical trials as a part of your treatment.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

Expertise and rankings

Heart valve disease team meeting at Mayo Clinic

At Mayo Clinic, a multidisciplinary team of heart specialists works together to provide the best available care to people with aortic valve disease.

Treatment expertise

Mayo Clinic cardiologists and cardiac surgeons have extensive experience in aortic valve repair and aortic valve replacement.

Mayo Clinic surgeons perform nearly 700 aortic valve repairs and aortic valve replacements, and our doctors evaluate more than 16,000 people with aortic valve disease each year.

Mayo doctors in the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic specialize in diagnosing and treating people with aortic valve disease and other heart valve diseases. Cardiologists evaluate people with aortic valve disease and determine whether aortic valve repair, aortic valve replacement or another treatment option is most appropriate.

Pediatric cardiologists and pediatric cardiac surgeons at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota have experience treating children with aortic valve disease and other heart conditions.

Aortic valve repair in children

Joseph A. Dearani, M.D., chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic, discusses aortic valve repair in children and tailored treatment options available at Mayo Clinic.

Cardiovascular surgery experience

Mayo Clinic is an established pioneer in the field of cardiac surgery, and our cardiac surgeons perform more than 4,500 cardiac surgeries each year.

Mayo Clinic cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota use the most advanced techniques, including minimally invasive heart surgery and robot-assisted heart surgery. Our skilled surgeons can perform complex, specialized procedures unavailable elsewhere.

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 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.

For more information on visiting Mayo Clinic, choose your location below:

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.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

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.

More information about billing and insurance:

Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota

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Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

March 31, 2020
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