Saint Luke’s Valve Center unites a highly-skilled team of cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons who offer diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment in one convenient location. By having all our specialists together, you won’t experience the extra stress of having to rush from building to building for appointments. And you’ll have access to the latest therapies and clinical trials.
Saint Luke’s was one of the first hospitals in the country, and the first in Kansas City, to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a key option for patients who may be too high risk for traditional valve replacement.
Becoming a Valve Center Patient
Our team of cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons evaluate, treat, and manage patients with aortic stenosis who have:
- Advanced diseases
- Coexisting medical conditions
- Limited or multiple treatment options
- Been previously diagnosed and need a second opinion
Our team will work with you and your family to determine the most appropriate treatment to address your specific condition and meet your health goals.
You’ll receive prompt evaluation and diagnosis by a multidisciplinary team of specialists at one time and in one place. You may see one physician or more, depending on your diagnosis. We may consult other Saint Luke’s Health System experts if needed.
Nurse coordinators is your main contact and will be one of the first people you talk with. That person will:
- Guide you through your care
- Schedule appointments and procedures
- Communicate with your providers
- Provide educational information about your diagnosis and treatment options
- Offer emotional support
Once you’ve had your initial exam, our team will discuss your case and determine the best treatment option that day. We’ll make sure you and your family fully understand your diagnosis and treatment options so you can make an informed decision.
You’ll receive most of your care at the Valve Center or Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, near the Country Club Plaza. However, you may be able to undergo some tests at the closest Saint Luke’s location or your local hospital.
Make an Appointment
You don’t need a physician referral.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I seek care from Saint Luke’s Valve Center for aortic stenosis?
Experience is critical in advanced heart care. Saint Luke’s offers one of the most advanced multidisciplinary teams in the region.
Saint Luke’s is the most experienced heart center for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in the entire Great Plains region.
We also offer access to advanced care, clinical trials, and some of the region’s top heart valve experts all in one convenient place at one time. Our team uses state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical procedures to ensure you receive the very best care.
Who should visit the center?
Anyone with a diagnosis of high-risk aortic valve disease. In addition, any patient with aortic stenosis who wants a second opinion prior to starting treatment.
How long will my appointment take?
We will complete your visit in one day. At the end of that day, our team will discuss your case and plan your treatment. By the time you leave the Valve Center, you will know all your options and have an individualized treatment plan.
Which specialists will I see?
Our team includes cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons. You may see one or both of these physicians, depending upon your diagnosis. We can consult other specialists as required.
How quickly will I get answers to my test results and treatment plan?
Once you have been seen, the multidisciplinary team will meet to discuss your case and then develop a treatment plan that same day. By the time you are finished with your appointment, you will understand our recommended plan of action and the steps to implement this plan will be well underway.
Will I have a say in my treatment plan?
Absolutely. We include you and your family in this process, explaining all options so you can make an informed decision.
Will I be treated at Saint Luke’s Hospital every time, or can I receive some care closer to home?
Most of your care will be provided at our Saint Luke’s Hospital location near the Country Club Plaza in conjunction with the Valve Center. Occasionally there may be some tests that you can have closer to home.
Treatments and Services
Patients may undergo such testing as:
- Chest X-ray
- Carotid duplex
- Cardiac MRI
- CT angiogram of chest, abdomen, pelvis
- Cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography
- Pulmonary function tests
- Blood tests
Our goal is to have patients begin treatment within a few weeks.
For adults with severe aortic stenosis, surgically replacing the aortic valve is the gold standard treatment. During this procedure, surgeons remove the patient’s original valve and replace it with a prosthetic valve.
Patients who are deemed inoperable or too high risk for traditional open heart surgery may undergo a procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This procedure allows the diseased native heart valve to be replaced without open heart surgery.
Some patients are not candidates for the TAVR procedure due to other coexisting medical conditions or disease processes that would preclude the expected benefit from correcting the aortic stenosis.
After you’ve undergone your valve procedure, you can receive follow-up care at the Valve Center. Once fully recovered, you will generally be able to follow up with your cardiologist or family physician.
If you’re participating in a research study, you’ll need to continue follow-up care through Saint Luke’s Valve Center.
You don't need a physician referral to schedule a consult with our Valve Center.