- Aortic Diseases
- Aortic Valve Surgery
- Aortic Regurgitation
- Aortic Valve Disorders
- Bacterial Endocarditis
- Cardiac Insufficiency
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Mitral Valve Stenosis
- Mitral Valve Surgery
- Pulmonary Valve Disorders
- Rheumatic Aortic Stenosis
- Rheumatic Fever
- Rheumatic Heart Disease
- Rheumatic Mitral Regurgitation
- Stenotic Valve Diseases
- Tricuspid Valve Disease
- Tricuspid Surgery
- Valvular Endocarditis
- Valvular Heart Disease
- Aortic Valve Surgery
- Edwards Sapien Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve
- Embolic-Protection Devices
- Prosthetic Heart Valves
- Replacement of Heart Valve
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
- Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
How is heart valve disease diagnosed?
Heart valve disease symptoms often include fatigue, shortness of breath, and occasional chest pain or dizziness.
Our team uses sophisticated diagnostic heart testing to determine whether you have heart valve disease. We use non-invasive testing, including cardiac CT and MRI scans, whenever possible. We may also use a transesophageal echocardiogram, which involves placing a camera down the throat, to better see heart structures and to more accurately diagnose and plan treatment.
How is heart valve disease treated at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute?
When treating heart valve disease, our team focuses on minimally invasive treatments whenever possible. These therapies have proven to be effective and require less recovery time.
Treatments may include:
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Mitraclip for primary (mitral valve prolapse) or secondary (cardiomyopathy or dilated left ventricle) severe mitral insufficiency
- Transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR)
- Tricuspid valve interventions performed through a catheter instead of surgery
- Aortic valve surgery
- Mitral valve surgery
- Tricuspid surgery
Our interventional cardiologists have the benefit of using the innovative Philips EchoNavigator platform during procedures to better visualize the valves and other structures of the heart. The EchoNavigator combines X-ray and echocardiography images onto one screen and helps to guide the placement of closure devices or replacement valves.
Pioneering the Cures of Tomorrow
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expanded use for the MitraClip to treat patients suffering from severe and difficult-to-treat heart failure. “Expanding the approval of this device to heart failure patients with significant secondary mitral regurgitation, who have failed to get symptom relief from other therapies, provides an important new treatment option,” says Bram D. Zuckerman, M.D, director of the FDA’s Division of Cardiovascular Devices in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Careful evaluation by a team of specialists is essential to determining whether a particular patient is an appropriate candidate for this procedure.”
Our Approach to Heart Valve Disease Treatment
When you come to Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute for heart valve disease treatment, you can expect:
- A dedicated heart team that specializes in every aspect of care, from imaging to surgery
- An individualized approach; we work with you to find a treatment that fits your preferences and your precise diagnosis
- Access to new and exciting therapies through clinical trials
Who benefits from this program?
At Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, we treat all forms of heart valve disease and can develop a personalized treatment plan based on your diagnosis and any other conditions you may have. We also have minimally invasive options for patients who may not be candidates for open surgery.