Bob’s Search For The Number One Hospital In Heart Valve Replacements

I just received an email from Bob about cardiac care centers. He writes, “Adam – Do you happen to know what is the number one hospital in heart valve replacements? I have a mitral valve prolapse and I need a mitral valve replacement. I would like to know which are the best hospitals in the United States.”

Unfortunately, I don’t know which hospital is number 1 for heart valve replacement surgery. However, I do have one reference point for Bob regarding the top ten hospitals for heart surgery. Each year, U.S. News And World Report issues a “top 10 ranking” of the best hospitals for heart surgery. While this ranking does not indicate the quantity of heart valve replacements performed each year, it does (in some sense) indicate the quality of heart surgery which I believe is most important.

Top Heart Care And Heart Surgery Centers

That said, this list might help you get started with your hospital and, more importantly, your surgeon selection process. Here is the link, Best Hospital For Heart Care And Heart Surgery – US News And World Report.

However, you should know that some people feel that these rankings are not properly developed and reported. For an interesting read, please see NPR’s article, Heart Hospital Rankings Don’t Reveal Picture.

ANOTHER POINT TO CONSIDER: So you know, I had my aortic valve replacement surgery at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. You will note that this facility is not listed on the above-referenced ranking. Personally, I was more focused on finding the right surgeon than finding the right hospital. That said, I think I was incredibly lucky to find Doctor Starnes (my surgeon). Again, it’s just another point to consider.

I hope that helps you learn a little more about the number 1 hospital for heart valve replacement. Click here to leave a reply, thought or comment for Bob.

Keep on tickin!

Adam Pick
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  • Winona Blake

    Bob,
    I am searching for a surgeon and hospital to repair (I hope) my mitral valve. I have learned that Cleveland Clinic claims to do more valve surgeries a year than any other hospital in the USA. I was told (you can also get the numbers on their website) that in 2007 CC did 1057 mitral valve surgeries, 70% were repairs, and 67% were minimally invasive.
    Good luck on your search.
    Winona

  • Bob Vincent

    Thanks for the prompt answers and help. I have ordered the book. My diagonosis was just last week, and it is the aortic valve that needs replacement.

  • Camille Saville

    Adam, thanks for the info. My brother has a severe mitral valve prolapse and surgery is being considered. Cleveland clinic in Ohio is being considered. Glad to see it was on your list. Now I need to get to work and do a little research. Thanks again and stay well!

  • Virginia P.

    I had open heart surgery Dec.9, 2008 to replace an aortic valve and also to repair an aortic aneurysm. I have had breathing problems since. The end of January I was in the hospital with a collapsed lung after 4 taps to remove excess fluid. I still am having breathing difficulties after x-rays showed there was minor fluid in the lungs. I also still have no appetite and have a metallic or sick taste like when you have the flu. Does anyone have experiences like this.

  • Jerry

    Give UAB Dr.Athanasuleas 205 934 2536 I had Mitral valve replacement 2 weeks ago after having been turned down as to risky (4 th open heart procedure} by Four hospitals in the southeast, I feel like new and would recommend this Doc as a great surgeon with 30 years exp. good luck

  • bonnie

    IAM LOOKING YEAR FOR SOME TO DO HEART ON MY 28 YEAR OLD SON
    HE HAD A PIGVALE IN ABOUT 2 YEAR AGO NOW HE NEEDS TO HAVE A
    SECOND ONE DONE THEY SAID HE HAS AN INFUDTED HEART AN IN HIS BLOOD
    THEY SAY THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE BECAUSE THE PRESEURE HAS A BAD OUT CME OF IT BECASUSE IT TO DANGESUES THEY SAY THAY NEED TO RPLACE 1,THRID OF HIS HAERTON THE LIFT SIDE THE MAIN A VALE

  • Charles Heidelberg

    What hospital in South Mississippi,Louisiana or Alabama has the best heart valve replacement program? Thank you Charlie Heidelberg

  • http://www.heart-valve-surgery.com Adam Pick

    Hey Charles,

    In Alabama, you may want to contact Dr. Clifton Lewis. He is a valve specialist. You can learn more about him at:

    http://www.heart-valve-surgery.com/surgeons/dr-Clifton-Lewis-Birmingham-Alabama.php

    I hope that helps!
    Adam

  • deborah fudge

    64 female. Petite 5’2″, 108 lbs
    Two previous mitral valve repairs in Alabama. Last one 1995
    I think it is time for the replacement. Shortness of breath.
    Going for echo next Tuesday. Is there any new procedures that can prevent them opening me up? I am under Beaumont care. Devinchi is not for me. My doctor said I am too small. I also would prefer not to have an artificial valve. I am too nervous of a person to hear it clicking. My hearing is very good. Too good some people say.

  • Jeffrey Warren

    Hello Adam,
    I’m writing on behalf of my 81 year old uncle. His heart valve is becoming increasingly calcified. He goes to the doctor every few months to gauge the calcification on his miral valve and it is only a matter of time before they schedule him for the replacement surgery. He lives in central NJ (about an hour from NYC). From your experience do you have a doctor and hospital you recommend? I believe that he would go out of state to have what would be the “best” doctor to perform the surgery so if you could recommend a doctor that too would be appreciated as it is one additional option for him to consider.

    Thank you.

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