Anesthesia for Heart Valve Surgery

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Yale Medicine Cardiac Anesthesiology is a national leader in clinical care.
  • Our highly skilled cardiac anesthesiologists closely monitor patients during surgery.
  • We deliver cardiac anesthesiology services to over 1,250 patients annually.

If your heart valve requires surgical repair, a cardiac anesthesiologist will be an essential member of the operating room team.

Cardiac anesthesiologists play an important role during surgery when the aortic valve needs to be repaired or replaced. The aortic valve is a one-way valve that connects the heart’s left ventricle to the aorta—the large artery that carries blood from the heart and permits blood flow to the whole body. 

Disease and damage can prevent the valve from doing its job either by making it too narrow (aortic stenosis) or by allowing blood to flow in both directions—a condition called a "leaky" valve or aortic insufficiency. The treatment is either to use surgery to repair the valve or, more commonly, to replace it. 

Yale Medicine has the expertise and up-to-date facilities to provide you with the highest standard of diagnosis and care if your heart valve needs attention.

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