More than five million Americans have heart valve disease, and many do not have any symptoms. Even with no outward signs of problems, valve disease can cause heart damage. Left untreated, it can lead to heart failure and other complications, including death.
The Broward Health Heart Valve Center, located at Broward Health Medical Center, streamlines the diagnostic and treatment process for patients and referring physicians. The Center is led by national experts in diagnostic cardiac imaging, interventional cardiology, and cardiac surgery.
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Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the Valve Center provides several treatment options for patients with complex disease of the cardiac valves.
- Complete medical evaluation by heart valve specialists
- State-of-the-art diagnostics
- Valve disease education
- Personalized care plan, including ongoing follow-up and adjustments
- Timely updates to your primary care physician
- If necessary, valve surgery at the Heart Center of Excellence
- Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery
- Traditional surgery
- Hybrid procedure (minimally invasive valve surgery with simultaneous percutaneous intervention)
- Balloon valvuloplasty
- Emerging Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) technology
- Surgery is performed in our state-of-the-art Hybrid Operating Room and offers patients enhanced cardiac and vascular care. We have the ability to replace the aortic valve through a catheter without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass. Patients usually enjoy immediate benefit from the procedure in terms of improved blood circulation. The replacement valve is placed using minimally invasive techniques, patients usually experience a much more
rapid recovery than they would from a traditional open heart valve replacement.
New treatments are now available through the Clinic for patients with complex valve disease previously thought to be untreatable:
- Complex valve disease including:
- Aortic stenosis
- Mitral stenosis
- Mitral regurgitation
- Pulmonary stenosis
- For patients with co-morbidities and patients who have had multiple procedures and are not good surgical candidates.
Who should be referred to the Valve Clinic?
Our multidisciplinary approach is specifically designed to address the needs of patients with advanced valvular heart disease, including those who may not be candidates for surgery due to complex, co-morbid conditions.
At the Heart Valve Center, coordinators are available to patients or referring physicians, to make sure all questions are answered.
The Center's approach to patient care is flexible and guided by referring physicians. Typically, necessary testing will be performed by the primary care or cardiologist prior to the evaluation; however, testing can be provided here on the same day as the physician consultations.
- Patients referred to the Center will be initially assessed by one of our cardiologists and/or cardiovascular surgeons.
- All prior diagnostic studies will be requested and reviewed.
- When needed, additional diagnostic imaging (such as echocardiography, stress imaging, cardiac MRI, or carotid ultrasound) will be performed.
To make a referral or schedule an appointment, contact the Heart Valve Center coordinator at
954-761-BEAT. She will answer all questions and schedule one appointment with all the necessary physician specialists, eliminating the need for the patient to make multiple appointments with multiple physicians. This coordination ensures smooth, efficient patient care.