Center for Heart Valve Disease Overview
The Center for Heart Valve Disease takes a team approach to treating our patients. Robert O. Bonow, MD and American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology (AHA/ACC) Task Force on the Management of Patients With Valvular Heart Disease. Through this work, he helped update the practice guidelines that assist physicians in preventing, diagnosing and treating heart valve disease.
Dr. McCarthy is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon and an innovator of valve repair techniques. He recently designed a mitral valve prosthetic ring that is used to repair leaking mitral valves and is regarded as one of the best devices available.
Treating many kinds of heart valve disease
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement: We offer surgical options and the chance to benefit from research trials
- Bicuspid aortic valve: Treatments include medications and surgery
- Marfan syndrome: We not only treat, but also offer family screening
- Adult congenital heart disease: For people born with heart valve defects
- Mitral valve disease: The most common form of heart valve disease in the U.S.
- Tricuspid valve disease: We use advanced imaging techniques to determine the best treatment
- Atrial septal defect: An advanced treatment procedure that may not require open heart surgery
Heart valve disease: Repair or replace?
Emotional and Behavioral Health
Cardiac treatment is most successful when it focuses on the physical, emotional and behavioral health of the patient. Northwestern's Cardiac Behavioral Medicine service was created with the understanding that the mind and body (the heart, in particular) influence each other.
Kim L. Feingold, PhD, director of Cardiac Behavioral Medicine, Gail M. Osterman, PhD, and Paul Goetz, PhD, are clinical cardiac psychologists that specialize in helping patients and their families adjust to a diagnosis and cope with challenges throughout the course of treatment.
For more information regarding heart valve disease, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 1-866-662-8467 or request a first time appointment online.
Among the Nation's Best
In 2013-14 U.S. News & World Report ranked our Cardiology and Heart Surgery program #12 in the nation and the highest ranked program in Illinois for the sixth straight year.