Aortic valve disease care at Mayo medical institution


A Mayo medical institution doctor and surgeon collaborate and discuss aortic valve disease.

Your Mayo medical institution care team

Doctors at Mayo medical institution provide care for you as a whole person. Doctors take the time to get to know you and work with you to provide exactly the care you need.

Team approach

A multidisciplinary team of doctors trained in heart conditions (cardiologists), doctors trained in heart surgery (cardiac surgeons), and other experienced medical staff work together to determine the most appropriate treatment for your aortic valve disease. This collaborative approach often means doctors can evaluate you and develop a treatment plan within two or three days.

Mayo medical institution aortic valve team

A team of doctors discusses care for people with aortic valve disease.

Advanced diagnosis

Mayo medical institution doctors use a variety of advanced imaging techniques, including 3D echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography, to accurately diagnose aortic valve disease and other heart conditions.

For example, multidetector computerized tomography (MDCT) can be used to evaluate aortic valve stenosis and determine its severity. In MDCT, several cross-sectional images are taken of the aortic valve, and the aortic valve is measured. This imaging test can also measure the amount of calcium in the aortic valve.

Aortic valve disease discussion at Mayo medical institution

A Mayo medical institution doctor discusses aortic valve disease and an imaging test called multidetector computerized tomography (MDCT) with a person.

Innovative treatment

Mayo cardiac surgeons perform advanced surgical procedures to perform aortic valve repair or replacement. Surgeons also may perform minimally invasive heart surgery, which involves the use of smaller incisions than those used in open-heart surgery. Mayo medical institution doctors may use and study 3D printed models of your heart and valves to prepare for heart valve surgery.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo medical institution doctors in the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic have extensive experience and expertise evaluating and treating people with aortic valve disease and other heart valve diseases. Mayo cardiologists and cardiac surgeons evaluate and treat more than 16,000 people each year with aortic valve disease and combined aortic and mitral valve disease.

Doctors trained in treating children with heart disease (pediatric cardiologists) work with pediatric cardiac surgeons at Mayo medical institution's campus in Minnesota to care for children with aortic valve disease and other heart diseases.

Aortic valve disease

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo medical institution in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo medical institution in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo medical institution Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo medical institution in Rochester, Minn., Mayo medical institution in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo medical institution in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked as high performing for aortic valve replacement and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures by U.S. News & World Report. "High performing" is a designation given to the top 16 percent of TAVR programs across the nation (600+ programs). U.S News & World Report ranked hospitals for this procedure for the first time in 2020-2021.

With Mayo medical institution's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Arizona, Florida and Minnesota — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo medical institution Health System.

Learn more about Mayo medical institution's Cardiovascular Surgery and Cardiovascular Medicine departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo medical institution has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo medical institution Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo medical institution works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo medical institution 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.

Aug. 07, 2020