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Valve Care

Trust the UHS Structural Heart & Valve Center for expert care of heart valve disease, a condition affecting the flaps that control how blood flows into and out of your heart.

Dedicated Team of Heart Valve Specialists

Choose our knowledgeable team of valve specialists to evaluate your condition and determine a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs. You will benefit from the combined expertise of our cardiologists, surgeons, nurse practitioners and the area’s only doctor fellowship-trained in structural heart disorders—conditions affecting your heart’s chambers or valves.

Together with you and your primary care physician, we will set you on a path to healing that can help you improve your lifestyle and stop additional damage to your heart function.

Heart Valve Conditions We Treat

Choose UHS to treat your structural and valvular heart conditions, including:

  • Aortic valve stenosis – Narrowing of your aortic valve that causes your heart to work harder to pump blood throughout your body
  • Heart valve disease – Damage to one of the four flaps that regulate blood flow through your heart and body
  • Mitral valve regurgitation – Improper closing of the mitral valve that prevents your heart from properly pumping blood out of your heart
  • Mitral valve stenosis – Narrowing of your mitral valve that blocks blood flow to the main chamber of your heart
  • Pulmonary valve stenosis – A deformity, usually present at birth, on or near your pulmonary heart valve that slows blood flow from the heart to the lungs

Heart Valve Services & Treatments

At UHS, you’ll have access to the latest technology and treatment options. In fact, we’re one of the few hospitals in Upstate New York that offers the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure for those previously deemed ineligible for a traditional surgical valve replacement.

Help restore proper blood flow to your heart with one of multiple treatment options, including:

  • Medical management – Medications that treat your symptoms and prevent further valve damage
  • Balloon valvuloplasty – Widens a narrowed valve using a tiny tube with an expandable balloon at the end
  • Mitral valve repair – Restores the function of your mitral valve instead of replacing it
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) – Minimally invasive procedure that inserts a new aortic valve without removing your old one
  • Traditional valve replacement – Substitutes an artificial valve for your malfunctioning or damaged one via open heart surgery

Pre-Op Optimization Class

Your UHS care team will help you best prepare for your valve procedure in a pre-op optimization class. In this class, you will learn tips and techniques to maximize healing after your procedure.

Signs of Heart Valve Disease

You may have heart valve disease if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain and pressure
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Fainting, dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Heart murmur (as diagnosed by your physician)

Expert Heart & Vascular Care Close to Home

Find exceptional heart and vascular services throughout the UHS service area in New York’s Southern Tier. Services and treatments may vary by location. Your doctor will refer you to the location that best suits your care needs.

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