Heart & Vascular Center

Valve Clinic

The Valve Clinic is a one-stop clinic within Cape Fear Valley Heart & Vascular Center for evaluating valve disease. A team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, imaging specialists and others evaluate your valve disease and create an individualized treatment plan for you. The Valve Clinic Coordinator is an advanced practice nurse who will walk you through the testing process.

Valve Disease

Heart valve disease can occur in any of the four heart valves. Aortic and mitral valves are most commonly affected. The valves can have stenosis (narrowing). Stenosis is caused by a build-up of calcium deposits on the valve causing it to open and close incorrectly.

Valves can also become leaky (regurgitation). With a leaky valve, blood seeps backwards through the valve after the heart pumps blood forward. Heart valve repair may help relieve some of the common symptoms you may have such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Angina, chest pain, pressure or tightness
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling in feet, legs or abdomen
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat

What to expect at a valve clinic appointment

To fully evaluate your aortic stenosis and develop the best treatment option, you will undergo the following testing:

  • 2-D echocardiogram (ultrasound of your heart)
  • CT scans and/or carotid ultrasound
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Frailty Assessment

After your evaluation is complete, the team will sit down with you to discuss treatment options.

For more information

For more information, call the Valve Clinic at (910) 615-8287 (615-TAVR).

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