Treatments

Treatments for Tricuspid Valve Disease

The team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at the Center for Heart Valve Disease collaborate to carefully determine the character of tricuspid valve disease in patients with symptoms of right heart failure. Using two- and three-dimensional echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, our physicians can very accurately evaluate the extent and nature of your tricuspid valve disease. Once a clear diagnosis is made, the team determines whether medical or surgical management is the better option, given the particular factors of your situation.

In the case of severe tricuspid insufficiency/regurgitation, surgical valve repair is the treatment of choice in a surgical center that performs a high volume of tricuspid valve repair procedures.

In the past, surgery to correct tricuspid valve disease was rarely performed, but with improved technologies and skillful surgeons, tricuspid valve repair is becoming more commonplace. This repair may be recommended for primary tricuspid disease to treat valvular leakage (regurgitation), or as a combined procedure with other heart surgery such as coronary artery bypass surgery or heart valve surgery.

Several innovations of valve repair surgery have been introduced by the surgeons at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. In particular, Patrick McCarthy, MD, Chief of Cardiac Surgery, designed the specialized tricuspid valve annuloplasty ring, the MC3 annuloplasty ring, which has become the preferred method to repair the tricuspid valve.

The anatomically correct three-dimensional (3D) ring flexibly conforms to the heart valve opening and does not cause strain on the sutures sewn around the ring to make the valve opening smaller. This allows the valve to open and close properly. Advantages to tricuspid valve repair using the ring technique:

  • The repair is more durable.
  • The patient is less likely to need a pacemaker than if the valve were replaced.

Treatments

Our specialists create treatment plans that are highly personalized based on the precise extent of stenosis or insufficiency. Our team of experienced cardiologists and cardiac surgeons will determine the best course of action for your situation.

Medications to treat tricuspid valve disease

Treatment options for tricuspid valve disease include the administration of antibiotics prior to dental procedures to avoid infection. If heart failure develops, beta-blockers and diuretics may be prescribed.

Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

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Referring Physicians
Open communication and cooperation with referring physicians is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with treating cardiovascular conditions. For physician-to-physician consultation regarding the best patient care, please contact Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).


Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

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To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, please call 847.53.HEART (534.3278).

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Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, please call 630.232.0280

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