Advancements in heart valve disorder treatments mean no surgery for many

Heartbeat

BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC 33/FOX 44)

We’ve been focusing on structural heart problems this month in our Heartbeat Reports. As we’ve explained, valvular disease, which is when problems develop with the flaps on the heart’s four valves, is among the possibilities.

Experts say, whether those flaps open too easily or they have difficulty opening, there can often be symptoms ranging from shortNess or breath and heart palpitations, to fainting, chest pains, and more.

In years past, repairing heart valve problems meant surgery, and often a lengthy hospital stay. But, thanks to modern advancements and efforts like the Cardiovascular Institute of the South’s Structural Heart Program, that’s no longer the case.

“Fortunately today, we have a lot of other options,” CIS Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Garland Green told us. “And one of those options is being able to take that valve out without having to perform surgery.”

Dr. Green explained that CIS’s Structural Heart Program specializes in providing minimally invasive procedures to treat life-threatening valve disorders and structural heart defects. To learn more about the program, click here.

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