University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center is the first program in the nation to receive certification for its cardiac valve repair and replacement program. This certification from The Joint Commission—the accreditation and certification agency for more than 17,000 health care organizations in the United States—signals that UI Heart and Vascular Center is at the forefront of heart valve care.
UI Heart and Vascular Center offers the state's largest and most experienced team in these state-of-the-art procedures. Since 2008, the team has performed more than 200 heart valve surgical procedures per year.
Traditional heart valve surgery requires a full sternotomy, in which a vertical incision in made along the entire length of a patient’s sternum to split the breastbone in order to access the heart.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
This minimally invasive valve replacement procedure is used to treat severe aortic stenosis. During this new procedure, the damaged heart valve is removed and replaced with a prosthetic valve inserted through a small incision in a patient’s thigh.