Mon General Hospital Valve Clinic
For blood to deliver oxygen throughout your body, you depend on four small valves in your heart. As long as the valves open and close with each heart beat, as they are designed, blood flows properly. When heart valves fail to open and close properly, the heart's ability to pump adequate blood throughout the body could be seriously hampered.
At the Mon General Valve Clinic, our experienced medical staff is trained to detect and treat heart valve conditions. Cardiac patients undergo a complete evaluation by a team of cardiologists, surgeons and specialized advance practice nurses. Our Valve Clinic team is specially trained to perform cutting edge valve procedures to replace or repair the heart valves. Our team approach speeds up the process of evaluating the problem and works with your cardiologist and primary care physician to design a treatment plan for you.
For more information, call the Mon General Hospital Valve Clinic Coordinator at (304) 598-1735.
Symptoms of Valve Disease
Heart valve disease may not have any symptoms until it progresses past mild heart disease. Each individual may experience symptoms differently and symptoms will vary depending on the type of heart valve disease, but may include:
- Chest pain
- Palpitations caused by irregular heartbeats
- Dizziness or fainting
- Either low or high blood pressure, depending on the type of valve disease
- Shortness of breath
Heart valve disease symptoms may appear to be other medical conditions, so please consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
Heart Valve Conditions
Heart valves can malfunction in several ways, including:
- Regurgitation (or leakage of the valve). This means the valve doesn't close completely, causing the blood to flow backward through the valve.
- Stenosis (or narrowing of the valve). With stenosis, the valve opening is narrowed and the valve doesn't open properly. This does not allow enough blood to flow through the valve.
Your evaluation includes a comprehensive review of your medical history, a physical examination and an ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram). Following the evaluation our medical staff will explain your test results and discuss treatment plan options. Your Valve Clinic team will work closely with your personal cardiologist and primary care physician to ensure a smooth transition back into their care once your treatment at the Valve Clinic is finished.
Treatment of heart valve disease depends on how well the heart is functioning and how severe the symptoms are. For some, this may mean medications and close observation. For others, surgical valve repair or replacement may be needed. Possible surgical options include: