For comprehensive heart care few medical centers rival the success of Gundersen Health System. Although we’ve long treated patients with heart valve problems, we’ve upped our game by establishing the region’s only Valve Clinic.
Gundersen’s Valve Clinic brings together specialists to evaluate and manage adult patients with congenital and acquired valve conditions. The clinic sees patients with all types of valve problems ranging from mild to complex.
A referral to the Valve Clinic may be a good idea for someone with a cardiac murmur, an abnormal echo or symptoms indicative of a heart valve problem.
Our Valve Clinic coordinator reviews the case file prior to the patient’s visit, and schedules appointments and consultations with the necessary specialists—generally all in a single visit.
The patient first meets with a cardiologist who has reviewed the available information and prior test results.
If surgery is warranted, we offer open heart and minimally invasive surgical options. Options depend on the type and severity of the valve problem, valve repair versus replacement, the patient’s health and preference.