Heart valve disease care at Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic team discussion
A team of doctors collaborate and discuss heart valve disease.
Your Mayo Clinic care team
At Mayo Clinic, doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists), doctors trained in heart surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) and other heart valve disease specialists work together to provide you with coordinated, comprehensive care. This collaborative approach means doctors can often evaluate you and develop a treatment plan within two or three days.
Advanced diagnosis and treatment
Mayo Clinic doctors offer many diagnostic tests and treatment options for heart valve disease, including aortic valve disease, mitral valve disease, pulmonary valve disease and tricuspid valve disease.
Mayo Clinic doctors use advanced imaging techniques, including echocardiography, 3D echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography, to accurately diagnose heart valve disease and other heart conditions.
Mayo Clinic doctors collaborate and discuss a 3D echocardiogram.
Research and technology at Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic doctors discuss research and technology, such as the 3D printing of models of the heart.
Innovative heart valve surgery
Mayo Clinic heart surgeons have experience and training in innovative techniques used to perform heart valve surgery. When possible, surgeons repair heart valves instead of replacing them.
Robot-assisted heart surgery at Mayo Clinic
A Mayo Clinic surgeon sits at a remote console and uses robotic arms to conduct robot-assisted heart surgery. A surgical team assists at the operating table.
Mayo surgeons may perform minimally invasive heart surgery, which involves the use of smaller incisions than those used in open-heart surgery. Sometimes, doctors perform robot-assisted heart surgery to repair heart valves.
Robot-assisted heart surgery team at Mayo Clinic
A Mayo Clinic surgeon and surgical team assist with robot-assisted heart surgery while another surgeon sits at a remote console controlling the robotic arms.
Mayo doctors may conduct less invasive heart procedures using long, thin tubes (catheters) to repair or replace certain heart valves. Doctors may use clips or plugs to make the repairs.
Mayo Clinic heart surgeons and researchers actively study new catheter procedures to repair or replace heart valves.
Expertise and rankings
Mayo Clinic cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and others have experience diagnosing and treating all types of heart valve disease. Each year, Mayo doctors evaluate or treat about 35,000 people with heart valve disease.
Doctors at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota have treated children with congenital heart disease for many years. Pediatric cardiologists and pediatric cardiovascular surgeons at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota have extensive experience evaluating and treating children with heart disease.
Nationally recognized expertise
Mayo Clinic campuses are nationally recognized for expertise in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery:
The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Association (ACHA) has designated the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Clinic at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, as an ACHA ACHD Accredited Comprehensive Care Center.
This accreditation was achieved because the ACHD Clinic meets personnel requirements, offers specific medical services, and uses policies and procedures that help ensure the highest level of care for adults with congenital heart disease. This accreditation also signifies that Mayo Clinic has doctors with special expertise in diagnosing and treating congenital heart disease.
- Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
- Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2021–2022 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.
Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiovascular surgery and cardiovascular medicine departments' expertise and rankings.
Locations, travel and lodging
Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.
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Costs and insurance
Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.
In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.
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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.
Sept. 29, 2021