The mitral valve separates the two left chambers of the heart and includes two leaflets (thin, mobile flaps) that function like doors that open and close with each contraction of the heart. Among the group of mitral valve defects are two congenital (present at birth) conditions that can affect the mitral valve’s function: it’s either too loose (mitral insufficiency) or too tight (mitral stenosis). Some babies born with mitral valve disease may need surgery, and some may not need
Mitral Valve Disease
Expert, Gentle Care for Congenital Mitral Valve Defects
surgery at all — or won’t need it until they are a bit older.
At Nemours Cardiac Center, we offer leading-edge capabilities to detect heart problems early. If your baby has been diagnosed with any type of congenital mitral valve defect, our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons (specialists in surgical procedures of the chest, including the heart and lungs) are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help with treatment plans for today, and the longer term. Our cardiac teams offer the latest in research-backed care, delivered within a family-centered setting.
Services We Offer for Mitral Valve Disease
The expert teams in our Nemours Cardiac Center locations offer a full range of pediatric heart care for mitral valve and other types of congenital heart disease. Services vary by specialist and location, but may include:
- Cardiac Catheterization. A procedure used to diagnose or treat cardiac problems by inserting a thin plastic, flexible tube (called a “catheter”) into an artery or vein and threading it through the bloodstream into the heart and its large blood vessels.
- Cardiac Diagnostics and Kid-Friendly Imaging. State-of-the-art, noninvasive and minimally invasive tests for kids of all ages, even babies still in the womb.
- Cardiology. Your baby’s cardiologist will work with your family to monitor your child and create a coordinated treatment plan.
- Cardiovascular Genetics Counseling. For conditions that may be caused, at least in part, by changes in genes.
- Dentistry. Good dental hygiene can help prevent infection if your child has mitral valve disease.
- Heart Surgery. In some cases, babies with mitral valve disease will need surgery a few days after they’re born. Our pediatric heart surgeons have the experience, skills and advanced technology required to provide swift diagnosis and repair in children of all ages, even the tiniest newborns.
Why Choose Us for Congenital Mitral Valve Defects Repair
World-class children’s heart care requires the compassion to understand your family's journey, and the expertise to heal even the most complex conditions. Our cardiac surgeons treat a vast array of heart defects in even the tiniest newborns, using the most innovative, up-to-date approaches. Our specialty is the early detection and repair of heart problems. Our heart specialists have been recognized for their commitment to delivering top-notch, compassionate care to children with congenital heart disease.
Regional Mitral Valve Disease Care Highlights
Services, programs, facilities and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.
We offer congenital mitral valve disease care at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and select Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations.
The Nemours Cardiac Center located at duPont Hospital for Children is ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News and World Report.
We offer congenital mitral valve disease care at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.
Our renowned pediatric cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery team at the Nemours Cardiac Center in Central Florida offers inpatient, critical and surgical care at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando — including dedicated cardiac anesthesiologists and state-of-the-art cardiac intensive care unit (CICU).
We offer congenital mitral valve disease care at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola and our hospital affiliate, West Florida Healthcare, with outpatient and follow-up appointments also available at select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.
Our Nemours Cardiac Center in Pensacola is home to one of the few accredited pediatric transthoracic and fetal echocardiography labs in Florida and, if needed, can facilitate the transfer of extremely ill children between our Nemours Cardiac Center locations (e.g., to Nemours Children’s Hospital).