Cleveland Clinic Releases Heart Valve Disease Guide

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Cleveland Clinic's Heart and Vascular Institute releases a new guide for anyone considering heart valve repair or replacement.

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What You Need to Know about Heart Valve Disease and Treatment Options

Cleveland Clinic's Heart and Vascular Institute, the No. 1-ranked heart care hospital according to U.S.News & World Report, recently released a free, 16-page guide, "What You Need to Know about Heart Valve Disease and Treatment Options."

The guide, written with the vast experience of the nation's leading experts in heart and cardiovascular care, explains heart valve disease in easy-to-understand language to help patients make the most informed decisions about their care.

"What You Need to Know about Heart Valve Disease and Treatment Options" provides an overview of the different heart valves and their basic functions. It discusses the different types of heart valve disease, including congenital valve disease, bicuspid aortic valve disease, mitral prolapse, as well as infections like bacterial endocarditis and rheumatic fever. From there, patients can learn more about the latest treatment options - from valve repair and replacement procedures to medical management and what they can expect during recovery. This new guide can be downloaded from Cleveland Clinic's Web site at http://www.clevelandclinic.org/SEM_info/heartcenter/Valve_Disease/form.html.

The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for cardiac care by U.S.News & World Report for 13 straight years. It also was recently recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals for cardiovascular care by Thomson Healthcare, a leading provider of tools, analysis and insight for the medical industry.

Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Approximately 1,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2006, there were 3.1 million outpatient visits to Cleveland Clinic. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries. There were more than 53,000 hospital admissions to Cleveland Clinic in 2006. Cleveland Clinic's Web site address is http://www.clevelandclinic.org.

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