What Is Valvular Heart Disease?

Valvular heart disease happens when your heart's valves do not work correctly. This causes your heart muscle to work harder so it can circulate the right amount of blood throughout your body. Valve disease can eventually lead to heart failure or HF.

Types of valvular heart disease:

Heart Valve Clinic

University of Utah Health's Cardiovascular Valve Clinic offers the most advanced diagnosis and treatment services available for patients with heart valve disease. Cardiovascular surgeons, imaging specialists, and cardiologists team up to provide better treatment options for patients with heart valve conditions, including catheter-based valve replacement and heart defect repair.

Patients have access to several specialists at one time. This speeds up care and helps determine the best treatment plan for each patient.

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Diagnosis & Treatment Options

To diagnose this condition, a doctor may use diagnostic tests, like chest X-rays, echocardiograms, CT scans, and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Once your condition is diagnosed, your doctor will choose a treatment that may include medication or surgery.

Medication can treat the symptoms of heart disease, and valve surgery involves a doctor repairing or replacing your heart valve.

Our valve clinic provides solutions for the most complex valve diseases, even to patients who previously had no options.

For patients with severe aortic valve stenosis, we offer advanced, minimally-invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVI or TAVR) as a treatment option.

Any patient with a heart murmur is a candidate for treatment.

Valve Heart Disease Treatments

Joe Yanez, heart valve transplant patient

Hear From Our Patients

Joe Yanez was a high school junior in 1966 when he suffered an appendicitis attack. His attack was so serious he needed a blood transfusion, and thirty years later that transfusion caused him to develop hepatitis C.

The disease damaged his liver so extensively that his only hope was a liver transplant. To complicate matters even more, Yanez developed heart valve disease and needed a new valve in addition to a liver. His doctors in Colorado were unable to perform such a high-risk surgery, so Yanez found his way to University of Utah Health.

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