Heart Valve Center

University Hospitals Heart Valve Center Delivers Lifesaving Treatments

The Heart Valve Center at University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, specializes in evaluating and treating rheumatic mitral valve disease, degenerative or ischemic mitral regurgitation, aortic stenosis or regurgitation, and tricuspid regurgitation.

With more than a half century of expertise, our highly trained team of experts includes some of the country’s most prominent physicians and surgeons, supported by specially trained nurses and technicians. This team provides patients with access to innovative diagnostic technology as well as the latest medical advances available through clinical research.

Watch Dr. Alan Markowitz as he speaks about UH Heart Valve Center.

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Exceptional Results in Valve Repair and Replacement

Our multidisciplinary clinical team achieves exceptional results in nationally accepted metrics for valve repair and replacement surgery. Through our unwavering commitment to clinical research, the Heart Valve Center has pioneered many complex surgical techniques for valvular surgery.

Over the last decade, we have seen the development of lifesaving procedures which often decrease the need for additional surgical procedures, including:

  • Stentless aortic valve prostheses: These biologic (tissue) valves are equivalent to human valve transplants and are treated with a substance that prevents the body from recognizing them as foreign. The valves perform exactly like a human valve and appear to show less deterioration. In fact, the echocardiogram will look virtually normal after surgery.
  • Mitral valve preservation: The mitral valve leaflets are preserved, repairing or replacing valve structure/leaflets.
  • Aortic root replacement: This involves the removal of the aortic valve and surrounding sinuses. The coronary arteries are re-implanted into the new aortic root.

The surgical team at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute Heart Valve Center also uses the most advanced perfusion techniques to manage patient circulation and metabolic needs during surgery. These advanced techniques minimize neurologic consequences and stroke during cardiac surgery.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for High-Risk Patients

The Heart Valve Center at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute now offers the advanced option of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for the select group of patients who meet research protocol and agree to participate in the research study. TAVR is a leading-edge technology that can provide more options for patients who are at too great a risk for traditional surgery.

Medication Therapy to Improve Function

Many effective medications are used to improve heart and valve function. Before the surgical team at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute Heart Valve Center recommends surgery, they fully evaluate each patient to determine the effectiveness of prescribed medication therapy. Medical treatment plans are based on this expert evaluation and individual patient preferences.

Ultimately, the recommended choice of procedure and/or valve prosthesis will reflect what is best for each individual patient.

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Office appointment with a cardiologist or vascular surgeon
216-844-3800 or
1-866-UH4-CARE (1-866-844-2273)

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216-844-4004

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