Heart valve disorders

A heart valve disorder is characterized by insufficient or improper blood flow through the heart valves, which places additional strain on the heart. Types of heart valve disorders include:

  • Mitral valve regurgitation
  • Bicuspid aortic valve
  • Mitral valve stenosis
  • Pulmonic valve disease
  • Adult congenital heart disease

Heart Valve Center

The University of Kansas Health System's Heart Valve Center provides advanced treatment for heart valve disorders. As part of the Kansas City region's premier academic medical center, our care team uses evidence-based measures to deliver excellent outcomes. 

Find out for yourself why The University of Kansas Hospital is consistently named the best hospital in Kansas City by U.S. News & World Report. Request your appointment online or call 913-588-1227 to schedule an appointment at the Heart Valve Center. 

About the Heart Valve Center

The Heart Valve Center at The University of Kansas Health System provides coordinated care to reduce the number of appointments you need and streamline your heart care treatment. Our specialists can schedule your appointment with a cardiothoracic surgeon and cardiologist in one visit, and perform any necessary diagnostic tests at the same time.

Our Heart Valve Center team consistently offers treatments unavailable elsewhere in the region. We are one of the few organizations in the nation to offer all of today's most sophisticated transcatheter valve treatments — procedures performed without open surgery.

Leaders in heart valve care

Our high volume valve replacement and repair program offers expertise for complex cases. Our surgeons treat many patients who have been considered too high-risk by other cardiac care programs; yet, our mortality rates are lower than expected. We are able to deliver excellent outcomes by focusing on less invasive procedures, which require smaller incisions and fewer transfusions and result in lower complication rates.

At our Heart Valve Center, you'll benefit from:

  • Leading -edge imaging technology, including cardiac MRI and the high­-speed Flash CT scanner 
  • Transesophageal echocardiograms performed in the operating room by board-­certified anesthesiologists
  • Specialized cardiac pre- ­and post-­operative care and cardiovascular intensive care 

Clinical research

Clinical trials are instrumental to our cardiology program. Through our research, we can continue to develop new treatments and techniques that improve heart care.

Our cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons participate in a number of heart care studies that cover a wide range of conditions. Some of our past and current clinical trials are:

  • CoreValve® U.S. Pivotal Trial
    The University of Kansas Hospital was one of 45 clinical sites in the United States participating in this breakthrough study that tested a new minimally invasive treatment designed to avoid the need for open heart surgery.
    Members of our heart team are currently involved in the REPRISE III clinical trial testing the Lotus™ aortic valve replacement system in high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis who aren't candidates for surgery.
  • Yoga My Heart
    Physicians at The University of Kansas Hospital conducted the first yoga study to evaluate the role of yoga in the management of atrial fibrillation.

Advanced technology

Our physicians are at the forefront of the newest surgical, nonsurgical and minimally invasive techniques for heart care. We offer more minimally invasive valve options than any other hospital in the region, including CoreValve and Edwards SAPIEN. Our physicians are highly experienced in implanting these devices.

The University of Kansas Health System is also the only MitraClip implanting center in the region. MitraClip is a permanent implant that is used for patients with mitral regurgitation, a heart valve disorder that occurs when the heart's mitral valve leaflets do not close tightly. Because MitraClip uses catheter-based technology, it can be implanted without open surgery and is an option for select patients who are not candidates for surgery.