Donate to Heart Valve Disease Research, Patient Care and Education

Part of Northwestern Medicine’s nationally recognized Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, the Center for Heart Valve Disease specializes in caring for patients with medical conditions that prevent the heart valves from properly functioning. At this center, a multidisciplinary team of experts make it their mission to address each patient’s unique needs and to achieve the best possible outcomes. Every person who seeks care at Northwestern Medicine’s Center for Heart Valve Disease can feel confident that he or she is receiving state-of-the-art care from some of the most skilled physicians in the nation.

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of the Center for Heart Valve Disease at Northwestern Medicine, you will help to facilitate great progress that will benefit countless patients. Through your generosity, you will play an important role in advancing groundbreaking research and in facilitating the development of the most effective treatments for people with heart valve disease.

The heart is a muscular organ made up of four chambers. Blood moves in a forward direction through these four chambers by way of the heart valves. The sound of the heartbeat is caused by the opening and closing of the valves as blood moves through the heart and to the rest of the body. The heart’s four valves are:

  • Tricuspid valve: Controls blood flow between the right atrium and the right ventricle
  • Pulmonary valve: Regulates blood flow from the right ventricle to the pulmonary arteries
  • Mitral valve: Monitors the flow of blood from the left atrium to the left ventricle
  • Aortic valve: Regulates blood flow from the left ventricle to aorta where blood is distributed to the rest of the body

Abnormalities in any of these valves cause the heart to work harder to pump blood. Over time, the heart can become damaged, and, ultimately, heart failure might develop. Specialists at the Center for Heart Valve Disease know there is still much to learn about heart valve disease. By donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will  help Northwestern Medicine’s exceptional scientists and physicians to seek and find answers to many of the remaining questions about heart valve disease.

Symptoms of heart valve disease can vary from person to person. Minor heart valve defects may not cause any symptoms. More severe abnormalities may bring about chest pain, irregular heartbeats, migraines, fatigue, dizziness, abnormal blood pressure and shortness of breath. These symptoms occur in both men and women of all ages. Some types of valve diseases such as rheumatic fever and mitral valve prolapse occur more often in women.

Valve repair through open heart surgery has always been the most popular form of treatment for many types of heart valve disease. Physicians at the Center for Heart Valve Disease are offering patients with aortic valve replacement a minimally invasive alternative to open heart surgery—transcathater aoritic valve replacement (TAVR). In this procedure, a tube in inserted through an artery in the groin or between the ribs. An artificial valve is pushed through tube until it reaches the damaged aortic valve. A balloon expands, allowing the artificial valve to take its place and take over the job of controlling blood flow. Patients receiving this new procedure are experiencing better outcomes and higher survival rates when compared to open heart surgery. Effective, innovative procedures like TAVR are only possible through generous donations to Northwestern Memorial Foundation by caring people like you.

Heart Valve Disease Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

The Center for Heart Valve Disease at Northwestern Medicine is committed to discovering and implementing the most advanced treatments to allow people with heart valve disease to live life to the fullest. Your donation to Northwestern Memorial will move mountains for people suffering from heart valve disease.

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