Structural and Heart Valve Diseases

Structural and Heart Valve Diseases

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Carilion Clinic's Structural Heart and Valve Center provides specialized treatment, including evaluation, diagnosis and medical management, for patients with heart valve disease. We take a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, with every patient benefiting from the collaborative expertise of a team of experts, including general cardiologists, structural interventional cardiologists, and heart surgeons with a special interest in structural and valvular heart disease. The team meets weekly to discuss each case and identify the best treatment strategy for every patient.

Your heart has four valves which regulate the flow of blood in and out. Heart valves can be defective at birth or can become diseased or weakened over time. Damaged valves may not open properly (stenosis) or may not close adequately (valve regurgitation, insufficiency or incompetence). Depending on how your health and activity level is affected, you may need to have a heart valve repair or replacement. Carilion is honored to be among the first hospitals in the nation and the only hospital in western Virginia able to treat certain patients with severe aortic stenosis with a new procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

Video: Jason Foerst, M.D. talks about the Heart Valve Center and its importance to patients with heart valve problems.

Valve problems may occur:

  • As a birth defect
  • As a result of calcium deposits
  • After an infection affecting the heart
  • Because of medications

Symptoms of heart valve disease may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Swelling in your legs, ankles or abdomen
  • Palpitations
  • Sudden, fast weight gain
  • Weakness or dizziness

For more information about the Carilion Clinic Heart Valve Center or TAVR, please email our Care Coordinator, Sheree Emore, N.P., at heartvalvecenter@carilionclinic.org or call 540-266-6520.