Specialist expertise: Coronary Artery Disease, Structural Heart Disease including PFO, ASD and the TAVI procedure, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Breathlessness.
The average heart beats 2.5 billion times in a lifetime, and in most people, the valves will continue to function properly throughout your lifespan. However, when they misbehave, they can become narrower which restricts blood flow, or they can leak, which causes backflow of the blood. There are 4 valves in the heart: Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid and Pulmonary. In adults, the pulmonary valve is the least likely to malfunction.
Heart valve replacement is a serious surgery, however with new innovations and less invasive techniques, there are more options available that allow a quicker recovery time post-operation. Dr Iqbal Malik, Consultant Cardiologist at OneWelbeck Heart Health, explains the choices.