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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Valve Clinic

Heart valve disease is a common cardiac issue. It is caused by a tight/narrowed valve (stenosis), usually due to calcium buildup, previous infections such as rheumatic fever, or by a leaky valve (regurgitation or insufficiency).

When a heart valve does not open or close properly, your oxygen-rich blood does not pump in a one-way direction as intended. Blood and fluids can start to back up in your body and cause symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, slowing down of or inability to do daily routines, fatigue or lower extremity edema. More serious complications could include hospital admission for heart failure or even sudden cardiac death.

Why Choose Us?

  • We are experienced in different treatment options for patients with heart valve disease. We commonly treat aortic stenosis, aortic insufficiency, mitral stenosis, mitral regurgitation, and leaky tricuspid valves. After testing, we can discuss your options with you.
  • Treatment options vary from medication and minimally invasive procedures to open-heart surgery.
  • We are part of U.S. clinical trials so we can provide you with options not otherwise available.

If you have questions about our program, we would be happy to assist you. Please call us at 320-293-0750 or email us.