Our Approach

The Heart Valve Center at the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital is designed to help East Texas patients determine the best treatment options available for their heart valve disease.

When a patient has an appointment at the Heart Valve Center, they are seen by a cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon all in the initial visit. The cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon collaborate during the patient's appointment to determine their treatment plan and pathway. Typically these appointments occur over a 2-3 week time span, but at the Heart Valve Center, we ensure all of this happens the same day.

Our services

The Heart Valve Center offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease and disorders using the most advanced treatment options, focusing on minimally invasive valve surgery.

Our highly trained and experienced cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologist work closely together to assess each patient’s condition to determine the most suitable medical or surgical treatments, or combination of both therapies. Diseases that may be treated by valve surgery include:

  • Aortic valve disease (stenosis and regurgitation)
  • Mitral valve disease (stenosis and regurgitation)
  • Pulmonary valve disease (stenosis and regurgitation)
  • Tricuspid valve disease (stenosis and regurgitation)

In addition, the Heart Valve Center is the leader in our region for minimally invasive cardiac valve surgery, with by far the most experience and effective results.

Criteria for patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis

Severe aortic stenosis is a very serious problem. Without treatment, half of the people who feel sick from this problem die within an average of 2 years.

Did you know that only 30% of nationwide surgical candidates with severe aortic stenosis receive appropriate surgical intervention?

Patients referred to the Heart Valve Center should meet one or more of the following criteria. Our goal is to ensure every patient with AS is evaluated by our team and severe AS is defined by the ACC/AHA Guidelines as meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Mean Gradient > 40 mmHg, or
  2. Valve Area < 1.0 cm2, or
  3. Max Jet Velocity > 4m/s

  • Heart Murmur