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Heart Valve Disease

Heart valve disease (also referred to as valvular heart disease or VHD) describes a disorder in the opening or closing of a heart valve that results in a disruption of blood flow to the body. When a heart valve does not open properly, it is referred to as stenosis. A valve that does not close properly causes a leak, which is called regurgitation.

The most common types of heart valve disease are aortic valve disease and mitral valve disease. Each can severely impact the heart’s function, which is why it’s important for individuals who have any symptoms or risk factors to seek care from an expert healthcare provider, such as the experts at the Nancy and Bill Thompson Heart Valve Center.

Introducing! Hoag Aortic Center

The Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute is proud to announce the formal launch of Hoag Aortic Center. Hoag has long offered state-of-the-art, 24/7 emergency care for complex aortic disease to the community. With the addition of new specialists, such as geneticists, and more robust services, including leading edge imaging and active surveillance, Hoag's Aortic Center is the most comprehensive program offered in Orange County.

Why Choose Hoag for Valve Disease Surgery?

Experience and Outcomes – With more than 25 years of experience in heart valve surgery, Hoag is a recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of valve disease with superior patient outcomes that rival national figures. Each year, the cardiovascular surgery team at Hoag Heart Valve Center repairs more heart valves than 90 percent of all cardiac programs in the nation. Being a high-volume cardiac surgery center enables the cardiovascular team at Hoag to achieve a technical skill level not all facilities can match.

Physician Expertise – Hoag’s expert cardiac surgery team has received multiple surgical awards, including the "3 Star Award" for the best national heart surgeons by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, an award dedicated to the top 12% of heart surgery practices in the nation. In addition, to nationally-recognized surgeons, Hoag’s expert cardiovascular team also includes highly trained cardiologists and other specialists who work closely to diagnose and treat the full range of heart valve disorders, as well as other heart conditions. Together, this multidisciplinary team provides streamlined access to a full array of advanced cardiac care tailored to the individual.

Innovative Technology & Treatment – Hoag’s commitment to remaining at the forefront of innovative technology and progressive treatment options enables its dedicated team of cardiovascular experts to deliver exceptional patient care. From the latest technologies for accurate screening and diagnosis to the full gamut of state-of-the-art surgical treatment options , such as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) , Hoag patients at HHVI achieve some of the highest clinical outcomes in the nation.

State-of-the-Art Patient-Centered Care – Hoag’s commitment to providing revolutionary patient-centered care is evident in its recently renovated and expanded state-of-the-art facility, which provides streamlined services in one convenient location. The Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute provides not only centralized care and enhanced patient comfort and safety, but it also offers the latest leading-edge technologies for accurately evaluating and treating the full array of cardiovascular conditions, including the new Hybrid Cardiovascular Surgical Suite – the first surgical suite of its kind in Orange County. The Nancy and Bill Thompson Heart Valve Center is yet another advancement in state-of-the-art valve care, providing the latest in superior imaging technology for accurate screening and diagnosis of complex valve disease as well as other cardiac conditions.

Research – Hoag physicians are actively involved in progressive research and clinical trials enabling greater access to advanced cardiovascular care.

Meet Our Physician Team

Under the direction of cardiac surgery medical director Aidan Raney, M.D. and Nancy and Bill Thompson Heart Valve Center medical director Pravin Shah, M.D., Hoag’s world-renowned valvular heart disease program continues to lead the way in advanced cardiac care. Visit Meet Our Physician Team for more information, or call us at 949-764-VALVE (8258).