The human heart has four (4) valves that assist with the direction of blood flow. Occasionally, problems can develop with these valves that either prevent them from opening correctly (stenosis) or from closing properly (regurgitation). Modern cardiac imaging technology allows for non-invasive evaluation of your heart valves usually with a type of ultrasound known as echocardiography. Occasionally, alternate cardiac imaging tests are necessary to monitor heart valve function like computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or heart catheterization.
Unfortunately, if a heart valve abnormality becomes severe, surgery is most often indicated to correct it. This can involve either repair of the native valve or replacement of the valve with either a mechanical or bioprosthetic valve.
Dr Zurick has extensive knowledge of valvular heart diseases, its monitoring and treatment options and he will be happy to work with you or your family member toward its resolution.