Health First Heart & Vascular Services is dedicated to keeping your heart healthy and to help do this we've opened the Health First Valve Clinic. The Valve Clinic is an expansion of Health First's premiere cardiac services and specialties and focuses on providing patients with aortic valve disease with the specific care they need. Our focus at the Valve Clinic is treating cardiac patients with aortic valve disease or aortic stenosis.
Heart valve disease occurs when one or more of the valves are damaged. Aortic Stenosis occurs when your valve is narrowed and does not completely open because of things like high cholesterol, age, genetics, or a build-up of calcium. This narrowing does not allow for normal blood flow from the heart, making your heart work harder to push blood through the aortic valve to your entire body. Eventually your heart gets weaker; increasing the risk of heart failure.
Symptoms of aortic valve disease include chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath with exertion, light headedness, and fainting (syncope). Eventually your heart gets weaker increasing the chances of death due to cardiac arrest, heart failure, stroke or end stage organ failure. However, even severe valvular disease may be asymptomatic. After the onset of symptoms, 50% of patients do not survive two years.
Valve area < 1.0 cm2
Mean gradient > 40 mmHg
Jet Velocity > 4 m/s
There are a variety of options for treating aortic valve disease:
Aortic Valve Replacement - Traditional or minimally invasive aortic valve replacement is the process of removing the diseased valve and replacing it with an artificial valve. The procedure is the highest standard for excellent long term results.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) - is available for those patients diagnosed with sever calcified aortic valve disease and are too sick or at high risk for open-heart surgery. The TAVR allows a new valve to be implanted to take the place of the diseased valve.
Some patients may need to have a procedure called a Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty which is a temporary catheter based procedure for the sickest of patients.
The Valve Clinic at Health First Holmes Regional provides a comprehensive team approach that includes a variety of medical experts who come up with individualized treatment options to ensure all patients receive the right care at the right place at the right time.
For more information about the Health First Valve Clinic call 321.434.VALV.
Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center
1350 S. Hickory Street
Melbourne, FL 32901