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Valve disease and endocarditis services


Our service

Heart valve disease is a term used to describe problems with the heart valves. We have one of the largest and most comprehensive valve disease services in the United Kingdom. Our outpatient services include a clinic with consultants, clinical scientists and specialist nurses.

What we provide

  • patient education
  • valve disease surveillance
  • referrals for minimally invasive and surgical valve replacements
  • post-operative valve surveillance
  • pregnancy planning
  • anticoagulation advice

Conditions we treat

  • conditions of the aortic, mitral, pulmonary or tricuspid valves. For example stenosis (valve narrowing), regurgitation or incompetence (leaking)
  • congenital heart valve abnormalities (patients born with bicuspid aortic valves)
  • replacement heart valves or repaired heart valves
  • complex medical problems that makes surgery undesirable
  • inoperable heart valve disease
  • heart murmurs
  • prior treatment for endocarditis

Our services include:

  • assessing and treating patients with heart valve disease and symptoms
  • managing and treating patients with infective endocarditis
  • Infective endocarditis

    Infective endocarditis is an infection in the heart that is caused by bacteria or other organisms. Our specialist endocarditis team provides advice and care to patients across the south of England. This includes remote advice, weekly online meetings and inpatient care by our specialist endocarditis team.

    To diagnose endocarditis we carry out imaging tests.

    We work with other services including:

    • cardiac surgery
    • neurology (with access to neurosurgery at King's College Hospital)
    • dental
    • the drugs and alcohol dependency team
    • urgent inpatient allergy testing
    • outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT)
    • post endocarditis surveillance clinic

    For more information about endocarditis including symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment, please visit the NHS website.