Heart Valve Program

Next Steps

If you would like to talk to someone about our valve program, call our Heart Valve Program Coordinator at (910) 632-4674.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) Heart Valve Program offers comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis of heart valve disease. We put you and your family first by providing all the necessary tools and specialists in a single location.

Whether you are just beginning to show symptoms or you have advanced heart valve disease, you can trust that you are receiving extraordinary heart care.

NHRMC Heart Center specialists perform more than 550 open-heart surgeries and more than 12,000 cardiac procedures every year.

Nationally Recognized for Outstanding Heart Care

The Heart Valve Program is part of NHRMC Heart Center, recipient of prestigious awards from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for our high standard of care for heart attack patients.

Early Diagnosis, Better Patient Outcomes

Using minimally invasive and surgical techniques, specialists at NHRMC Heart Valve Program are better able to catch disease in its earliest stages, leading to better outcomes. Advanced valve disease is often irreversible and may progress to congestive heart failure, a potentially debilitating or even fatal illness.

Integrated Heart Care

You will find all the care you need at NHRMC Heart Valve Program. A patient navigator will be there to answer your questions and guide you through the process of diagnosis and treatment. Our specialists work together to provide seamless, comprehensive care.

This full spectrum of services enables us to diagnose and treat your condition more efficiently. Early diagnosis and quick access to treatment does more than add to your convenience – it aids in your recovery.

Your heart care team may include:

  • Cardiologist
  • Cardiovascular surgeon
  • Specialized physician assistants
  • Registered nurses
  • Licensed technicians

Heart Valve Treatments

Treatment of heart valve disease depends on the severity of your symptoms and any additional medical problems you may have. Treatment can include medication, minimally invasive valve repair procedures, or surgery to replace or repair the valve, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement.


If surgery is not an option, or your valve condition is mild, your doctor may prescribe medication. Taking medication can help relieve symptoms of heart valve disease and decrease your risk of further problems.

Aortic Valve Replacement

Aortic valve replacement (AVR) is the most common treatment for patients with severe aortic stenosis. NHRMC heart surgeons remove the diseased valve and replace it with an artificial one.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Patients who have severe aortic valve stenosis and are too sick or at high-risk for open-heart surgery may be eligible for a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

A team that includes NHRMC surgeons and cardiologists use this procedure to implant a new valve without opening the patient's chest or stopping the heart.