Heart valve disease happens when at least one of the heart’s four valves is damaged or doesn’t pump blood properly. The aortic valve is one of four valves within the heart that helps to maintain proper blood flow through the heart into the aorta. If the aortic valve is damaged or diseased, the heart has to work harder to provide blood to the rest of the body. As a result, the heart works harder to deliver oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to the body’s vital organs and tissue.
Aortic valve disease may be caused by a congenital (present from birth) heart defect or various conditions. When the aortic valve is diseased, its malfunction can also cause damage to the lining of the aorta. This can cause the wall of the aorta to stretch or tear.
The AHN Aortic Valve Program focuses specifically on the aortic valve because there are issues and treatment options unique to this specific heart valve. Our top aortic valve surgeons and specialists from different backgrounds work together to provide individualized care for patients with aortic valve issues. By focusing on aortic valve disease, we can help people experiencing one or more conditions related to the heart’s valves.
Our multidisciplinary program offers a range of treatment options that aim to ease symptoms. Minimally invasive valve replacement surgery and other treatments c