About the Heart Valve Procedure Heart Valve Disease

Overview

There are various treatment options for heart valve disease. Some surgical options include reshaping the valve with an annuloplasty ring or band. Other surgical options could be to replace your heart valve with a bioprosthetic valve or mechanical valve. Another treatment option is a transcatheter aortic valve replacement. With this treatment, a transcatheter valve is implanted via a catheter. Your doctor will determine the best approach for your condition.


What Are These Procedures?

When a heart valve is unable to work normally, the heart itself cannot function as it should. In some cases, the heart valve can be repaired. Sometimes, however, it must be replaced.

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Repair Products

Annuloplasty rings and bands are used to provide shape and stability to the base, or annulus, of your heart valve.

More: Profile 3D™ Ring
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Replacement Products: Transcatheter Valves

Patients who are at high risk or are not candidates for valve replacement surgery can have their heart valve replaced via a thin, flexible tube (catheter).

More: CoreValve Transcatheter Aortic Valve


Replacement Products: Mechanical Valves

Prosthetic or artificial heart valves are either mechanical or tissue. Mechanical heart valves are made of a strong material such as titanium or carbon.

More: Medtronic Open Pivot™ Mechanical Valve
More: Medtronic Open Pivot™ Aortic Valved Graft (AVG)


Replacement Products: Tissue Valves

In addition to mechanical valves, replacement products can also be tissue valves. These products are made from animal tissue.

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Benefits and Risks

After your diseased heart valve is repaired or replaced, you should begin to feel better almost immediately. Keep in mind, though, that the healing process can take time. As with all surgery, heart valve repair or replacement carries some risks.

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Questions and Answers

Having a heart valve repaired or replaced is an important event in your life. We know you may have many questions. If all of your heart valve questions aren't answered here, write them down and be sure to ask your doctor.

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Personal Stories

Read about the experiences of people who have received our products and therapies. You’ll learn first-hand what life was like for these particular patients, both before and after treatment.

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Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.