Heart Valve Disease Your body has four heart valves: the aortic, pulmonary, mitral and tricuspid. In a healthy heart, the four valves work as gatekeepers, letting blood flow in and out of your heart in the right direction. Heart valve disease is when one or more of those valves doesn’t open or close correctly. There can be a number of reasons why a valve isn’t working properly, and those reasons don’t discriminate by age—some people are born with a heart valve defect. Other causes include: Changes in the heart valve structure due to aging Coronary artery disease and heart attack Heart valve infection Birth defect Syphilis Mild heart valve disease may not cause any symptoms, but more serious cases may require medical or surgical intervention by a Cardiac Care at Cooper and Inspira cardiologist. To learn more about our heart services available in South Jersey, call 833-SJHEART or or visit https://cardiacpartners.org/. Why Choose Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira? Integrated Heart Services In January 2018, Inspira Health and Cooper University Health Care combined their systems’ complementary heart services under one program, Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira. This robust partnership gives patients access to state-of-the-art treatment techniques and renowned cardiologists from both networks to produce superior outcomes. Comprehensive Cardiac Care With Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira, you’re connected to a full spectrum of heart expertise. Our combined services span everything from evaluation and diagnosis, to advanced heart surgery, to cardiac rehabilitation. We offer the most minimally invasive techniques (TAVR, Watchman, robotic-assisted surgery) and state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities. Nurse navigators are there to guide you and answer your questions every step of the way. The Heart of South Jersey There’s no reason to travel outside of New Jersey to find comprehensive heart care and specialists. Cardiac Partners is the largest cardiac program in South Jersey, giving patients access to more national and international renowned cardiologists in more locations than ever before. Inspira Health Medical Centers Woodbury and Vineland are certified by the American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services as Chest Pain Centers. This recognizes Inspira’s commitment to excellence in managing the evaluation and treatment of chest pain syndromes, including emergency cardiac catheterization and stunting of blocked arteries causing acute heart attacks. Additionally, all three Inspira Medical Centers have received the Beacon Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for excellence in critical care nursing, while Cooper has been recognized by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for superior surgical outcomes.