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Heart Valve Disease

Diagnosing heart valve disease

At the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute, multiple noninvasive imaging modalities are used to diagnose structural heart disease, including:

  • Echocardiogram

    Cardiologists start the heart disease diagnostic process by taking a history of your symptoms, followed by a detailed physical exam to detect signs of disease and by an electrocardiogram. Most often, the clinical diagnosis is confirmed by various echocardiography tests. Learn more about echocardiography »
  • Cardiac MRI

    Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) is a noninvasive test that provides a highly detailed assessment of the structure and function of the heart and its vessels. Learn more about CMRI »
  • Cardiac CT

    A rapidly advancing technology in the noninvasive evaluation of heart disease, cardiac CT provides X-ray-based information on the structure and function of the heart and its vessels. Learn more about cardiac CT »

Treatment for heart valve disease

Relief of symptoms

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.

Surgery for heart valve disease

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:

Participation in clinical trials

Because physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute are principal investigators in local, national and international clinical 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. Learn more about our clinical trials »

Learn More

To learn more about heart valve disease, our cardiologists, or treatment facilities, please use our contact form here. Schedule an appointment with a Memorial Hermann Cardiologist online or by calling (713) 222-2273.