Heart Valve Program

John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute
Heart Valve Program

Ochsner:  An International Leader in Heart Care

Melody Valve

The John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute (JOHVI) offers same-day access for advanced cardiac programs using cutting-edge technology and the latest innovations from participating in clinical research trials. 

The Heart Valve Program is highly specialized offering the latest advances for patients with heart valve disorders.The Program offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment with traditional and minimally invasive procedures. This includes: cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, cardiac computed tomography, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, valvuloplasty, and minimally invasive surgery.



Aortic Stenosis

What is aortic stenosis?

Human heart valves are remarkable structures.  These tissue-paper thin membranes attached to the heart wall constantly open and close to regulate blood flow (causing the sound of a heartbeat).There are four valves that control the flow of blood through your heart.  One of which is called the aortic valve. When there is a narrowing of your heart's aortic valve opening, this is known as aortic stenosis. This narrowing does not allow normal blood flow. With aortic stenosis, your heart needs to work harder and may not pump enough oxygen-rich blood to your body.  It is most often caused by age-related calcification, but can be caused by a birth defect, rheumatic fever, or radiation therapy.

What are the signs of aortic stenosis?

Symptom Checklist

You may notice symptoms like:

  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness, feeling dizzy, and/or fainting
  • Difficulty when exercising

Major risk factors

Factors associated with aortic valve disease include the following:

  • Increasing age
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking

If you are experiencing symptoms, consult your doctor right away.

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Ochsner Heart Care Awarded for Top-Quality



Ranked High Performing in Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News and World Report.

US News 2014-2015, Cardiology, Ochsner


A Top 15 Major Teaching Hospitals  
by Thomson Reuters National Benchmark Study.
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HealthGrades® Five-Stars
Coronary Interventional Procedures,  
Treatment of Heart Attack, and Heart Failure while in the hospital.

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