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.
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:
To fully evaluate your aortic stenosis and develop the best treatment option, you will undergo the following testing:
After your evaluation is complete, the team will sit down with you to discuss treatment options.
For more information, call the Valve Clinic at (910) 615-8287 (615-TAVR).