Our cardiologists and heart surgeons use a full range of therapies to treat aortic valve disease. When surgery is needed, our skilled heart surgeons repair or replace diseased aortic valves, often with minimally invasive techniques.
Medications may be prescribed to reduce and prevent aortic valve disease symptoms and complications. These may include ACE inhibitors or beta-blockers to lower blood pressure, antiarrhythmics to help maintain a regular heart rhythm, and anticoagulants to prevent blood clots.
Thoracotomy and Mini-Thoracotomy
Open-heart surgery for aortic valve repair or replacement may be performed through an incision in the mid-chest or a small incision in the upper-right chest, known as a mini-thoracotomy. If you need surgery, your surgeon will recommend the approach and procedure that are best for your needs and anatomy.
Also called transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), this minimally invasive procedure is used to treat aortic valve stenosis. The heart is accessed through small incisions, and a prosthetic valve is implanted within the diseased valve. TAVR can preserve or improve heart function, quality of life, and survival. Our specialists are skilled in the placement of all commercially available TAVR devices and use multiple delivery approaches (through the groin, neck, or chest). As a result, we are able to offer treatment options to people who have been turned away elsewhere.
People who are not candidates for conventional valve repair or replacement may be offered this less invasive procedure. A balloon is threaded through a flexible tube called a catheter to your narrowed heart valve. The balloon is then inflated to open the narrowed valve.