What is heart valve disease?
Heart valve disease occurs when one or more of the heart valves don't work the way they should. The heart has four valves: the tricuspid, pulmonary, mitral, and aortic valves. These valves have tissue flaps (leaflets) that open and close with each heartbeat. The leaflets make sure blood flows in the right direction through the heart's four chambers and to the rest of the body. Birth defects, age-related changes, infections, or other heart conditions can cause one or more of the heart valves to not open fully or to let blood leak back into the heart chambers. This can cause the heart to work harder and affect its ability to pump blood.
The Mitral Valve Repair Program at Yale-New Haven
The Mitral Valve Repair Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital was the first in New England — and one of the first in the country — to perform mitral vale repair for Barlow mitral valve disease (mitral valve prolapse). Since 1984, our pioneering techniques, excellent performance and compassionate care, have attracted adult and pediatric patients from southern New England.
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology advocate that valve repair surgery be performed in a high-volume centers, like Yale-New Haven, where surgeons have the highest level of experience.
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