Aortic valve disease can decrease quality of life and lead to serious complications, including heart failure.
At the UPMC Center for Aortic Valve Disease, our experts specialize in the latest treatment options, including minimally invasive catheter-based techniques, and provide individualized treatment plans for each patient.
Your heart has four valves that open and close to keep blood flowing in the right direction. Your aortic valve connects your heart’s lower left chamber—the left ventricle—to your body’s largest artery, the aorta. In most cases, the aortic valve has three flaps called leaflets which must open fully and close tightly to allow for healthy blood flow.
When the aortic valve becomes stiff or narrow, blood cannot flow through it properly. This can lead to a range of symptoms, decreased quality of life, and over time, a serious condition known as heart failure, when the heart cannot pump effectively.
Aortic valve disease may not have symptoms at first, but some symptoms can include:
Aortic valve disease can be present from birth or develop as you age. Our multidisciplinary team of experts provides treatment for all types of aortic valve disease, including:
To develop your treatment plan, our multidisciplinary team takes your individual condition, medical history, symptoms, and quality of life into consideration. We provide the latest treatment options for all stages of aortic valve disease, including:
Read about aortic valve procedure alternatives for the elderly, featuring Dr. Gleason, on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
TAVR offers a minimally invasive valve replacement option for people with severe aortic stenosis and for patients with failing previous surgical tissue aortic valve replacements.
Severe aortic stenosis is a condition in which the aortic valve does not fully open, decreasing blood flow from the heart to the body. It's often unpreventable.
Many people with severe aortic stenosis often develop debilitating symptoms that can restrict normal daily activities.
For many years, treatment options for severe heart valve condition were limited to open heart surgery and medical therapy.
Now, TAVR offers a less invasive approach for people who are at increased surgical risk or have been turned down for traditional aortic valve replacement because of age or other medical conditions.
During a TAVR procedure, your doctor:
Since many people with severe aortic stenosis are at increased surgical risk and have considerable mortality in the short term, TAVR may provide a treatment pathway that would otherwise be unavailable.
TAVR is a significant procedure that involves anesthesia.
Placement of the valve may have serious adverse effects, including risks of:
UPMC is one of the first hospitals in the United States to treat people with severe aortic stenosis with the FDA-approved Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve and the Medtronic CoreValve®.
We are also enrolling low risk patients in the Medtronic TAVR in Low Risk Patients clinical trials, in addition to the ongoing aortic valve clinical trials available to patients at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute.
Above: Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve
Above: Medtronic Corevalve
Our multidisciplinary team at the UPMC Center for Aortic Valve Disease includes experts in cardiology and cardiac surgery.
To schedule an appointment:
For information about TAVR eligibility requirements, contact:
Please call 412-647-1621
We also have satellite sites for evaluation in Monroeville and at UPMC Jameson, UPMC Passavant, UPMC St. Margaret, and Washington Hospital.