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Cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of heart valve conditions. Our patients are our priority. We take time to get to know each family, understand the cause and severity of each child's condition, explain our diagnostic process and answer any questions you may have about heart valve conditions.
The heart consists of four chambers, two atria (upper chambers) and two ventricles (lower chambers). Valves serve as gatekeepers, allowing blood to leave each chamber of the heart while preventing it from flowing backward. There are four heart valves: the tricuspid valve, pulmonary valve, mitral valve and aortic valve. Common heart valve conditions include:
When evaluating children for heart valve conditions, our physicians begin by taking a medical history and performing a physical exam. We may also use some of the following tests:
Heart valve conditions may be congenital or they may be caused by infection. Determining the cause of the condition will help our cardiologists to recommend the proper care plan. Treatment may include medical, interventional and/or surgical methods, such as cardiac catheterization and valve repair or replacement.
Managing a valve disorder often requires ongoing care. At Comer Children's, we offer comprehensive, continuous treatment for patients of all ages. When the time is right, we help teenagers and young adults transition to adult specialists.