Aortic and Valvular Disease
Comprehensive cardiovascular care
Valvular disease occurs when at least one of the four major heart valves fail to open properly (stenosis) and/or close properly, allowing for blood to flow backwards in the heart (regurgitation). This may lead to the inability of the heart to pump blood adequately and, ultimately, can lead to heart failure. When a patient’s heart valve is seriously deformed or degenerated, it may be repaired or replaced by a mechanical or tissue valve. Loyola’s team of experts treat diseases related to all four valves, including the aortic, mitral, pulmonary, and tricuspid valves.
Aortic disorders affect the aorta, which is the main artery that supplies fresh blood from the heart to other parts of the body. These disorders may be life-threatening, since they inhibit tissues and organs from getting oxygenated blood from the heart.
Our expert multidisciplinary valve team includes interventional cardiologists, cardiac and peripheral vascular surgeons, and other specialists who work together to provide comprehensive and coordinated examination, diagnosis, and treatment of valvular disorders for both adult and pediatric patients. We provide medical management and surgical treatment of aortic and valvular disease, including percutaneous valve repair options that are minimally invasive.
The Loyola difference
Loyola is a nationally recognized leader in cardiac care. U.S. News & World Report ranked us 18th in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery in 2012, making this our 10th year in the top 50.
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