Each time your heart beats, your heart valves open and close, allowing blood to flow into, through, and out of your heart in one direction. When the heart valves begin to fail, the heart beats harder to compensate for the reduced blood flow, leading to heart valve disease. In this case, the valve will need to be repaired or replaced.
Most people are eligible for a minimally invasive procedure. It is most recommended for those who:
We offer the latest valve repair and replacement procedures, including:
We were one of the first in the world to perform percutaneous valve replacement under local anesthesia, conducted over 10 clinical trials for thoracic and abdominal aneurysm repair, and participated in all carotid stent trials. Additionally, we have pioneered and popularized TAVR fast-track protocols that allow for a same-day procedure under local anesthesia with next-day discharge. As a world leader in redefining percutaneous valve repair, patients worldwide come to our hospital for these procedures every day.
Palpitations are sensations you feel when your heart rate speeds up, or when you can feel it thumping in your chest. They are common, and causes include exercise, stress, and caffeine. Arrhythmias are disruptions in regular heart rhythm and can have more serious symptoms, such as chest pain, light-headedness, and shortness of breath. If you believe you are experiencing arrhythmias, schedule an appointment with a St. Luke’s Health cardiologist.
Also referred to as AFib, atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia that can cause other heart conditions such as blood clots, stroke, and heart failure. Physicians may treat AFib with medication, recommending lifestyle changes, or by diagnosing and treating underlying conditions that cause irregular heartbeats.
If you are having a heart attack, which happens when parts of the heart do not receive enough blood flow, you may notice some of the following symptoms:
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