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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair with the MitraClip device is used to treat severe, symptomatic mitral regurgitation. Interventional cardiologists at the Rush Center for Adult Structural Heart Disease have been leaders in clinical trials that helped bring this innovative procedure — the first transcatheter approach for mitral valve repair — to patients.
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), also called transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), is a minimally invasive procedure to replace a diseased aortic valve. It is used to treat severe aortic stenosis, a type of valve disease in which the aortic valve becomes narrowed over time, reducing blood flow from the heart into the aorta.
  • Valve Replacement

    Valve replacement is when a faulty heart valve is removed and replaced with either a biological or man-made valve. It is usually done when the valve cannot be repaired. Aortic and pulmonary valves are more likely to need replacing than mitral valves. There are many approaches to valve replacement, including traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery and catheter-based procedures.  
  • Valvuloplasty

    Valvuloplasty, or balloon valvuloplasty, is a catheter-based procedure used to treat heart valves that don’t open properly. During the procedure, a balloon threaded through a catheter is inflated to widen the opening of the valve, improving the valve’s function and blood flow. It is most effective in treating narrowed pulmonary valves and is also a good option for mitral valve stenosis.