Types of Heart Valve Diseases/Treatments

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UW Health's Heart Valve Clinic provides a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating heart valve disease.


What is Heart Valve Disease?


Heart valve disease refers to several conditions that can affect one or more of the four valves of the heart. Stenosis is a condition that occurs when the valve opening is too narrow to allow blood to flow through, forcing the heart to work harder to pump blood. Regurgitation, also known as insufficiency, occurs when the valves do not close well enough to prevent the backflow of blood. Patients may also have a combination of regurgitation and stenosis.


Types of Heart Valve Disease

Treatment Options

Untreated Heart Valve Disease


When untreated, heart valve disease can lead to a decreased quality-of-life with symptoms including shortness of breath, weakening of the heart muscle, congestive heart failure, and death. Our multidisciplinary heart valve team works with you to provide a comprehensive, experienced approach to diagnosis and offer you the best treatment plan available.