Heart valve problems can result in serious medical complications, including heart attack and stroke. Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County offers several treatment options for valve problems, including state-of-the-art valve surgery using both open and minimally-invasive techniques for patients throughout the Oxnard, Ventura County, CA region.
The heart has four valves that open and close to keep blood moving in the proper direction. If one (or more) of these valves is damaged, blood flow can be interrupted, resulting in symptoms like:
Valve problems can be caused by several factors, including high blood pressure, pulmonary disease, valve degeneration, connective tissue disorders, inflammatory diseases and congenital defects. Without proper treatment, heart valve problems can significantly increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Heart valve problems can sometimes be controlled with medication to help regulate the valve activity. When medication is not sufficient, valve surgery can be performed to repair the valve or to replace it when necessary using biological or mechanical valves. The decision of whether to repair or replace a valve will be determined by many factors, including the type and extent of the problem and the patient’s overall health.
The aortic valve is located at the spot where the aortic artery meets the heart, controlling the flow of blood as it leaves the heart. Aortic valve repair replacement surgery is performed when the valve becomes damaged, usually as a result of:
Traditional valve surgery uses a large incision down the center of the chest through the breastbone, spreading the breastbone apart to access the heart. Minimally-invasive valve surgery uses several smaller incisions made in the spaces between the ribs, avoiding the need to cut through the breastbone. Minimally-invasive techniques are associated with faster recovery, shorter hospital stays, less tissue damage, decreased the risk of infection and less discomfort following surgery; however, not all patients are good candidates for minimally-invasive approaches.
At Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept.
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