Heart Valve Center

The region's coordinated comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease.

Program Coordinator:
Carolyn Hodges, MSN, NP-C
1940 Alcoa Highway
Suite E-310
Knoxville, TN 37920


The Heart Valve Center at UT Medical Center provides a coordinated comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease. Our coordinated approach allows patients to be seen by heart team specialists in an environment designed to expedite diagnosis and treatment. Patients have access to leading-edge technology and multi-disciplinary specialists who work collaboratively to optimize patient treatment and care. The heart team at the University of Tennessee Medical Center are trained and specialized in heart valve disorders to help patients better understand treatment options. Our coordinated approach allows patients to complete a full comprehensive diagnostic assessment and workup with minimal visits to the medical center. We understand your time is valuable. Our goal is to minimize the number of visits needed for evaluation.

Heart Valve Disease occurs when one or more heart valves do not function properly. The most common causes are congenital abnormalities, infection and age-related changes. Heart valves are essential to proper blood flow through the heart's four chambers and keeps blood from flowing backward. Unfortunately, heart valve disease has little, if any symptoms and affects over 5 million Americans each year. If heart valve disease is left untreated, it can lead to heart failure, stroke, blood clots, sudden cardiac arrest and death.

Our team of highly experienced multi-specialists include cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, vascular surgeons, pulmonologists and anesthesiologists; as well as specialized nurses, respiratory therapists, vascular and cardiovascular technologists and other support services. This coordinated team will develop and recommend the best treatment for the individual patient.

Diagnosing Heart Valve Disease

Symptoms and Physician Findings of Heart Valve Disease

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue during exertion
  • Cough (especially when laying down)
  • Difficulty sleeping due to coughing
  • Heart palpitations (racing)
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Dizziness
  • Heart murmur
  • Swollen feet or ankles

For more information or to make an appointment with the Heart Valve Center at UT Medical Center, please call 865.305-6519 or email.