Heart surgeons deliver care for leaky heart valves
Structural Heart and Valve Care in Jacksonville
Your heart has four valves that pump blood throughout your body. When a valve, chamber or the wall of the heart is damaged, it's called structural heart disease. Symptoms may include chest pains, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat or fatigue.
Some adults are born with a heart defect that worsens with age. Heart damage can be caused by infections, radiation therapy and inflammatory conditions like lupus or rheumatic fever. Our cardiologists monitor risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol and blood pressure to help prevent heart valve damage.
At Ascension St. Vincent’s, we offer a range of diagnostic tests, including imaging to pinpoint leaky valves and cardiac ultrasound (echo) to check how well your heart functions. Our doctors and care team work together to create a personalized treatment plan that’s right for you.
Specialists in structural heart and valve surgery
Heart and valve problems can cause heart attack or progressive heart failure. That’s why our team is ready to deliver emergency care when you need it most. Our network of heart specialists perform cardiac surgeries using minimally invasive techniques and the SAPIEN valve. Some of our care includes:
- Aortic valve replacement
- Atrial fibrillation
- Atrial septal defects
- Mitral valve repair or replacement
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
Offering minimally invasive heart valve replacement
Transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) and MitralClip™ procedures may help shorten your recovery time and lower the risk of infection. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure designed for patients who can't have open-heart surgery because it's too risky. In 2012, Ascension St. Vincent's was the first health system in Northeast Florida to offer TAVR.
Support services for your heart care needs
Our care team is here to support you before, during and after your surgery. We monitor your physical and emotional health and provide cardiac rehab and medication management.
At Ascension St. Vincent’s we know every person is different. That’s why we listen to you to better understand your health needs. We work with you to provide compassionate heart care, close to home.