Treatment for Heart Valve Disease
No medications are available to cure
heart valve disease. However, lifestyle changes and medications may relieve
many of the symptoms and problems linked to valvular disease. These treatments
also can lower the risk of developing a life-threatening condition, such as stroke
or sudden cardiac death.
Eventually, a faulty mitral or
aortic heart valve may need to be dilated, repaired or replaced. Cardiologists
and surgeons affiliated with the Memorial Hermann
Heart & Vascular Institute use the least aggressive
approach, preserving heart valves whenever possible. If a valve replacement is
necessary, they are skilled at performing the most advanced techniques, including:
physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute are principal investigators in local, national and
research trials, our patients have access to new medical therapies,
innovative devices and technology very quickly after their introduction.
Patients who qualify have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of
treatments not otherwise available.