Heart Valve Center
Have you or one of your family members been diagnosed with a heart murmur or valvular heart disease?
Most dangers come with warning, but a heart murmur shows no symptoms — and it could be a sign of a much more serious condition.
Did You Know…
- Nearly 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from aortic stenosis (AS), a progressive disease that affects the aortic valve in their hearts.
- Approximately 250,000 of them suffer from severe symptomatic AS, often with symptoms that restrict normal activities such as walking short distances or climbing stairs.
- Many are not treated – and AS can be life-threatening.
- Patients who are treated with an aortic valve replacement (AVR) can prevent or delay this debilitating disease.
At Providence Saint Joseph’s new Heart Valve Center, our experts can hear a heart murmur loud and clear, and can tell if your heart murmur is a sign of a serious underlying condition.
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Heart Valve Diseases
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Please bring your medication list and the actual pill bottles for those medications.
- Bring any test results, including laboratory tests. It is best to obtain the actual images (i.e. on CD ROM) for the following tests:
We usually obtain notes from your physician beforehand, but encourage you to bring any medical documentation available to you.
- Echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart)
- Angiogram (dye injections to look at the arteries supplying the heart)
- Stress tests (tests to determine whether the blood flow to the heart is normal)
If you do not have some of this information and need to have any diagnostic testing performed, our center will help you set up appointments for the testing.
Your first appointment will typically take one hour, or longer. During this appointment, you will meet our valve center team, including a valve specialist physician and nurse. We will review your medical history and any of the tests that have been sent with you. During the visit, you will receive education about your condition, recommendations about changes to your diet, and you may have medications adjusted and other tests ordered.
At the first visit, we usually obtain an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) to measure your heart and valve function. We may ask you to have blood drawn at our laboratory to check your kidney and liver function.
At future visits, depending on the severity of your condition, a number of diagnostic tests may also be performed. These may include exercise stress testing or cardiac catheterization.