We can help with bicuspid aortic valve disease  

Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most common congenital heart disorder, affecting approximately one to two percent of people. BAV can cause strain on the heart over time and may lead to serious health complications. Due to the hereditary nature of BAV, there a nine percent chance of your first-degree relatives having BAV as well.


Have you or a family member been diagnosed with bicuspid aortic valve? 

With bicuspid aortic valve (BAV), two of the three leaflets of the aortic valve fuse during fetal development. This fusion creates a bicuspid, or two-leaflet valve, instead of the normal tricuspid, or three-leaflet valve. One-third of people with BAV may develop complications in their lifetime, and these may be serious. Many patients with BAV also have dilation (or ballooning) of the aorta, which is the major blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. 

Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is home to the Martha and Richard Melman Family Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program. This program provides comprehensive care for people with BAV. Our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons offer sophisticated treatment options ranging from medical therapy to highly advanced surgical interventions.   

BAV treatment options at Northwestern Memorial Hospital include:  

  • Expert clinical care from board-certified cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, specializing in heart valve disease  
  • Coordination of care with your local physicians, including providing updates on your care and progress  
  • Monitoring and evaluating your BAV through clinically advanced echocardiogram, CT scan and MRI testing
  • An invitation to screen your first-degree relatives for BAV, due to the hereditary nature of BAV 
  • Access to ongoing clinical research specifically for BAV including advanced 4D MRI technology, which gives highly detailed images of your aortic valve and aorta  

BAV Patient Education Guide 
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Whether you are experiencing symptoms that you do not understand, have already been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, or are looking for a second opinion, Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offers comprehensive expertise to you and your loved ones at four convenient locations. 

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
675 N. Saint Clair St.
Galter Pavilion, Suite 19-100
Chicago, IL 60611
312.NM.HEART (664.3278)

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at
Lake Forest Hospital 

1000 North Westmoreland Road
Main Entrance
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847.53.HEART (534.3278)

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at
Central DuPage Hospital

25 N. Winfield Road
Winfield, IL 60190

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Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at
 Delnor Hospital 

 300 Randall Road
 Geneva, IL 60134

USNWR Best Hospitals Cardiology 2022-23

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is ranked No. 8 in the U.S. for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report, 2022-2023. Our ranking is a reflection of the leading-edge services we offer and the results we achieve for our patients.

  • Highest ranked cardiology and heart surgery program in Illinois for 15 consecutive years
  • Highest available cardiology and heart surgery patient survival score since the metric was introduced