Treatment Options for Heart Valve Disease

Heart valve disease may be treated with medication, minimally invasive procedures, or open-heart surgery.

Medication

You may be prescribed medications to heart your symptoms and lessen the chance of further heart valve damage. Same of the medications may be stopped if you have heart valve surgery to correct your heart valve disease. Other medications may need to be taken all your life. 

Heart Valve Repair

Heart valve repair is a surgical or minimally invasive procedure that corrects a heart valve that is not functioning properly. Heart valve repair usually involves the heart valve leaflets that open and close to pump blood through the heart. In some cases, your doctor may find that repairing your heart valve is the best way to treat your heart valve disease.

Heart Valve Replacement

When repair is not an option, replacing your damaged heart valve may be the most effective treatment for your condition. Heart valve replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces a damaged heart valve.

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.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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