Heart surgeons deliver care for leaky heart valves
Structural heart and valve care in Waco
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 Providence, 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. Using the TAVR procedure, our heart surgeons can place a new aortic valve into the heart via a catheter. It’s inserted through a small incision in the groin and guided through the circulatory system.
Benefits of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR):
- May help shorten your recovery time
- May help lower your risk of infection
- Minimally invasive treatment
- No need for cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) or stopping the heart
Support services for your heart care needs
Our heart care team is here to help you before, during and after your surgery. We monitor your physical and emotional health and provide cardiac rehab and medication management. You may be referred to cardiac rehabilitation based on our conditions. We will provide the education and tools to support your recovery.
Ascension Providence offers exercise therapy for heart recovery and dietary guidance at the R.W. Crosthwait, Sr. Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center. For more information, call 254-751-4792.
At Ascension Providence 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.