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Heart Valve Clinic

Expert specialist care for patients with cardiac valve disease

The Heart Valve Clinic at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita provides the expertise of a team of specialists who care for patients with cardiac valve disease. The team, which includes structural cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons, works with a patient’s primary care physician to determine the best course of care for each patient.

The clinic is the first of its kind in south-central Kansas. It is equipped to work with patients who have cardiac valve disease, especially those with complicating conditions such as advanced age, co-morbidities or prior history.

If you have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions, you might be a good candidate to be seen by our multispecialty team:

  • Hole in the heart (patent foramen ovale, atrial or ventricular septal defect)
  • Hardening of the aortic valve (aortic valve stenosis)
  • Moderate or severe hardening of the mitral valve (mitral stenosis)
  • Severe leakage of the mitral valve (mitral valve regurgitation)
  • Hardening of the pulmonary valve (pulmonary valve stenosis)
  • Those who are at higher risk for traditional valve replacement surgery

Treatment options include:

  • Traditional open-heart surgery for those healthy enough
  • Minimally invasive surgery options for high-risk patients
    • Balloon valvuloplasty: A catheter with a balloon is used to enlarge the valve opening.
    • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR): A catheter is used to carry and insert a replacement valve.
    • MitraClip: A steerable catheter carries a clip to repair mitral valve regurgitation.
    • Lariat: This suture delivery device is used for soft tissue closure.
    • Hybrid procedures: Combines minimally invasive surgery with simultaneous percutaneous procedure

To support research and advances in the treatment of valve disease, the Valve Clinic maintains a large clinical database of complex valve disorders.