Paravalvular Leaks


A paravalvular leak is an opening that forms on the outer edge of a prosthetic (artificial) valve where it is secured to the heart tissue. Paravalvular leaks may occur at the site of a loose or broken suture, which can result from endocarditis (inflammation of the lining inside the heart) or poor valve placement.

Diagnosis, Treatment, and Therapies

To learn about diagnosis, treatment, and therapies, please visit the Structural Heart & Valve Center.