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Valve Disease

Heart valves control blood flow through your body, so they must function well. Valve disease occurs when valves leak, become narrowed (valve stenosis) or floppy (mitral valve prolapse).

Valves also may be damaged by heart attack or other conditions. Some adult valve conditions existed at birth (congenital) or began in childhood.

Valve surgery treatment includes valve repair, replacement and transplant.

Symptoms of Heart Valve Disease

Heart valve problems cause the heart to pump harder, resulting in fatigue, shortness of breath and other effects. A comprehensive diagnostic evaluation by experienced heart valve specialists is vital.

Focus on Advanced Heart Valve Treatments

At Abington – Jefferson Health’s Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease, the only heart valve specialty center in a Philadelphia area hospital, we use advanced technology and newest minimally invasive approaches to rebuild healthy hearts. Our highly skilled expert surgeons listen, explain and discuss options fully with you.

See how our Hybrid Operating Room enables the latest approaches for valve repair and replacement.

John Ortiz


View how minimally invasive valve replacement quickly restored a business owner to active living.

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Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac CareThe high quality and cost-efficiency of our heart services have earned Jefferson Abington Hospital recognition as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care® by Independence Blue Cross.

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