Valvular Heart Disease
When heart valves don’t work the way they should a variety of problems can arise. Advocate Christ Medical Center is a leader in researching and treating the growing problem of valvular heart disease (VHD). We participate in numerous clinical trials related to ventricular assist devices and are a leading center nationally for implanting new experimental heart pumps. We also pioneered robotic mitral valve repair and have expertise in valve-sparing procedures and complex aortic repair in people with aortic disease.
What is valvular heart disease?
How is valvular heart disease diagnosed and treated?
Frequently asked questions
How Advocate Christ Medical Center Can Help
Advocate Christ Medical Center performs more surgeries to correct valvular heart disease than any hospital in the state. We are leaders in innovation and our outcomes consistently top national benchmarks. Among our accolades:
Our cardiac surgeons perform more valve surgeries than any hospital in the state which translates to a high degree of skill, excellent clinical outcomes and mortality rates consistently below the national average. With our patients’ best interest in mind, our surgeons perform valve-sparing procedures whenever possible rather than valve replacement. Repair is more surgically complex than replacement but allows patients to avoid blood thinners and the complications of prosthetic valves. Also, the need for follow-up surgeries is lower after valve repair, even after several years.
Our Multi-disciplinary Approach
Using a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment, our physician teams meet weekly to discuss each patient’s case and tailor the best treatment plan for each. Cardiologists and cardiac surgeons work closely together and communicate routinely with each other, the patient and referring physicians. The services at Christ Medical Center are ideal for patients with more complicated valvular heart disease as well as for patients seeking a second opinion. Patients with diseases of the aortic valve, tricuspid valve, and mitral valve are all candidates for care at Christ Medical Center.