Heart valve disease is frequently referred to as a “mystery killer,” progressing slowly, showing few symptoms and often going undiagnosed and untreated. According to the Heart Valve Society of America, valve disease strikes approximately five million Americans each year. If left untreated, the condition can cause progressive deterioration in heart function, resulting in heart failure and premature death. Conversely, when appropriately diagnosed and treated, patients with valve disease have the potential for highly positive outcomes. Many patients who have had to limit their activities and adjust their lifestyles due to severe symptoms related to valve disease are able to return to normal lifestyles.
HCA Midwest Health & Vascular Institute, the area’s largest provider of heart care, now offers a treatment and referral resource dedicated to the diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of heart valve disease.
HCA Midwest Health offers:
- Expertise in all areas of heart care – non-invasive, general and interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiac MRI, cardiac CT, nuclear imaging and more.
- Single point of care – your patients experience will be streamlined and convenient for them, while also enabling them to take advantage of multiple areas of expertise.
- Faster diagnosis
- Shorter time to treatment
- Improved outcomes
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
With aging can come the narrowing of the aortic valve, a major valve of the heart. This can present symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, fainting and an inability to complete daily activities like getting dressed and walking. Traditionally, patients would require open-heart surgery to replace the valve. But such an invasive surgery can present dangers for frail or elderly patients.
Luckily, a successful minimally invasive alternative is now available - Trans Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). TAVR can replace a patient’s aortic valve through an incision in the leg. With clinical trials illustrating the successes of TAVR, doctors are now starting to use this method for patients who are younger and at lower risk.
Talk with your primary care physician or cardiologist if you think this procedure could be right for you.
Any patient referred to or under the treatment of a physician within HCA Midwest Health practices will have access to HCA Midwest Health.
Please call (816) 823-0583 for information or to refer a patient.
The Midwest Heart & Vascular Institute is a network of physicians and affiliated heart experts from HCA Midwest Health’s five accredited chest pain centers – Centerpoint Medical Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center – and the heart care practices located throughout the area. This powerful alliance offers you and your patients access to some of the area’s finest heart and valve disease specialists working together in a single cohesive clinical environment. Our physicians deliver care in a coordinated, multidisciplinary fashion and collaborate with you on the diagnosis and the most effective treatment regimen possible for your patients.
In addition, Midwest Physicians heart specialists from the following cardiovascular practices also participate in the Institute: