Dean and St. Mary’s Valve Clinic
To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact us at (608) 260-2920.
The Dean and St. Mary’s Valve Center is dedicated to the care of valvular heart disease through exemplary clinical care, advanced cardiac imaging and surgical excellence to provide a centralized treatment for valve disorders.
The goal of the Valve Center is to provide a patient-focused clinical experience through prompt evaluation and treatment. Patients seen at the Dean & St. Mary’s Valve Center will be assessed by our highly qualified valve team comprised of cardiovascular & thoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, imaging cardiologists as well as highly trained nursing staff. As a patient of the Valve Center you will be assessed in a timely and efficient manner with a multi-disciplinary clinical valve team.
Dean & St. Mary's Valve Clinic Services
- Valve and structural heart disease
- Comprehensive evaluation and treatment
- State of the art cardiovascular imaging
- Echocardiography including TTE, TEE, and 3D
- Stress echo
- Cardiac MRI
- Nuclear imaging
- Cardiovascular Multidetector Computed Tomography (MDCT)
- Cardiac intervention
- Open heart surgery
- Valve repair and replacement
- Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS)
- Heart catheterization
- Transcatheter interventional therapies
- Ongoing follow-up care
Valve Center Treatment
The treatment of valvular heart disease is dependent on each individual patient. The severity of the valve defect treatment will determine what method will be optimal for each individual. For patients with insufficiency or limited valve stenosis, the individual may be managed with daily medications. To control the valve from further damage, risk factor control and lifestyle management are crucial to control and reduce one’s symptoms. Medication therapy is effective in reducing blood pressure, to lessen stress on the valve, as well as protecting against bacterial infection of the valve as it pertains to dental hygiene or other surgical procedures that may cause bleeding. The typical medications that are utilized include:
- Blood thinner
- Anti-arrythmic drugs
- ACE inhibitors
Open heart surgery through valve repair or replacement is one of the techniques used to treat a majority of heart valve disorders. Surgery is determined in patients with conditions that are severe and cannot be managed through only medications. Patients requiring valve replacement will be educated on the two types of replacement valves- biological or mechanical.
Biological valves, made from human or animal tissues (porcine or bovine) typically do not last as long as mechanical valves in patients less than 60 years of age. Mechanical valves are made of a pyrolytic carbon that can last up to 20 years or more. With surgical mechanical valve replacement patients will require lifelong therapy consisting of blood thinners to prevent clots.
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