Mayo Clinic in Minnesota
During the past 60 years, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has built a world-renowned cardiac team that specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of heart valve disease in adults and children.
Ranked as the #2 Cardiology & Heart Surgery Program by U.S. News & World Report, the Mayo Clinic Minnesota team includes subspecialized experts trained in valvular disorders and related cardiac conditions including aortic aneurysms, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
At Mayo Clinic, cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons work together with heart valve experts in echocardiography, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology and radiology to provide comprehensive care for each patient.
Having all this expertise at Mayo Clinic means that you benefit from coordinated care, the latest heart valve research, new medical advances in valvular therapy, and a unified team focused on your heart. What might take weeks or even months to accomplish elsewhere can typically be done in a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.
Excellent Patient Results Through Innovation
Since completing the first, successful open-heart bypass surgery in 1955, Mayo Clinic has been a driving force in the medical advances within cardiac care.
Specific to diseases of the aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonary valves, the Mayo Clinic team has conducted ground-breaking research and developed new therapies to enhance the safety, quality and long-term outcomes of heart valve procedures.
Mayo Clinic performs more than 2,000 heart valve surgeries each year at locations in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona. For many of its patients, Mayo Clinic offers advanced treatment options including minimally-invasive approaches that are designed to reduce the incision size, shorten hospital stays and accelerate recovery.
For select patients, Mayo Clinic has extensive experience in new transcatheter approaches for valve repair and valve replacement. For example, Mayo Clinic offers select patients transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for aortic stenosis and transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr). Both TAVR and TMVr do not require an incision to the patient’s chest or ribs and the patient does not need to be on the heart-lung machine during these procedures.
To further advance heart valve therapy, Mayo Clinic participates in several heart valve clinical trials to evaluate the safety-and-efficacy of new techniques and medical devices.
Meet Our Heart Valve Specialists
Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has assembled a special team of heart valve specialists that are committed to getting patients the best results. Our team consists of many leading surgeons and cardiologists that you can learn more about by clicking the links below:
Our Patients Say
Heather Lister was diagnosed as a child with a bicuspid aortic valve, the most common congenital heart issue. When Heather turned forty, however, she didn’t feel right. Despite her community ...
Heather Lister was diagnosed as a child with a bicuspid aortic valve, the most common congenital heart issue. When Heather turned forty, however, she didn’t feel right. Despite her community cardiologist telling Heather that all was well and come back in two years, she visited the Mayo Clinic for a second opinion.
Surprisingly, the Mayo Clinic team found that Heather had an aortic aneurysm along with a family history of spontaneous dissection. Drs. Carolyn Landolfo, Naser Ammash and several Mayo Clinic experts, including genetics specialists, worked to devise a personalized plan that ultimately included surgery by Dr. Alberto Pochettino, to reduce her risk before a life-threatening event.
Heather received a successful, valve-sparing aortic root repair performed at Mayo Clinic. Watch the video below to see Heather's patient success story.
An adult heart valve patient, Jon Konfala had been diagnosed with severe aortic valve regurgitation, a leaky heart valve. For his treatment, Jon selected Dr. Juan Crestanello, then at Ohio State University, ...
An adult heart valve patient, Jon Konfala had been diagnosed with severe aortic valve regurgitation, a leaky heart valve. For his treatment, Jon selected Dr. Juan Crestanello, then at Ohio State University, to implant a bovine tissue valve replacement.
After several years, Jon's tissue valve replacement wore out.
For his aortic valve re-replacement, Jon once again selected Dr. Crestanello, who had taken a new position Mayo Clinic, to perform the second operation. Watch the video below to learn about Jon's patient success story.
Ed Karler knew something was wrong when he could not finish a bicycle ride. Ed was completely exhausted and short of breath. After seeing his cardiologist, Ed learned that he was suffering from severe mitral ...
Ed Karler knew something was wrong when he could not finish a bicycle ride. Ed was completely exhausted and short of breath. After seeing his cardiologist, Ed learned that he was suffering from severe mitral valve regurgitation, a leaking heart valve.
To fix Ed's valve, Dr. Joseph Dearani, a leading cardiac surgeon at Mayo Clinic, performed a minimally-invasive, robot-assisted mitral valve repair surgery. Watch the video below to see Ed's patient success story.