Overview of Heart Valve Repair/Replacement
Heart valve repair/replacement is a treatment for a diseased or damaged heart valve. In a healthy heart, valves open and close to ensure the proper one-way flow of blood through the heart. But if your heart valves have been damaged or diseased, they may fail to work correctly. This places extra strain on your heart muscle. Depending on your valve problem, your doctor will recommend one of these solutions:
Repair: In a repair, your surgeon will reshape the faulty valve to make it function better.
Replacement: If repairing your valve isn't possible, your surgeon may choose to replace it with a mechanical valve (a valve made of mechanical parts) or with a tissue valve (a valve from a human donor or an animal).
The hearts valves are shown here with arrows indicating the direction of blood flow.
Types of Valve Repair/Replacement
Learn what happens (and what you need to do) before, during, and after this procedure:
Where is this procedure performed?
Depending on the type of valve repair or replacement, your procedure may be performed in the CV operating room (CV OR) or the Cardiovascular Cath Lab. You will receive specific directions from your healthcare provider.
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Learn More About Our Heart Valve Programs
Research in Heart Valve Repair/Replacement
Intermountain Heart Institute is actively researching less invasive ways to repair and replace heart valves. Learn more about the Heart Institute’s clinical trials.