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During your visit to the Valve Clinic, you will meet with an experienced team of surgeons, cardiologists, and other specialists to provide the most comprehensive diagnostic assessment for you. Working together with their combined expertise, our team is committed to listening to you to best understand your specific needs. We’ll create a treatment that is tailored specifically for you and your specific valve condition. Additionally, our nursing staff will meet with you to coordinate evaluation and treatment plans. By the end of your visit, you will have a better understanding of your heart as well as having a detailed plan of available treatment options.

The process will include:

  • Prior to your visit, you will be contacted by your valve clinic coordinator who will serve as your single point of contact throughout your entire journey.  Your coordinator will help you plan your visits as well as answer any questions you may have along the way.
  • In addition to an echocardiogram, you may require further testing to help us obtain a complete picture of your overall health.  Your Valve Clinic Coordinator will work with you to schedule these tests prior to your clinic visit in such a manner that is most convenient for you. 
  • During your visit [add a comma after visit] you will meet with an experienced team of surgeons and cardiologists who will review your history, as well as all prior testing. Working together with their combined expertise, our team will make a recommendation for treatment that is tailored specifically for you and your specific condition.
  • Upon completion of your visit [add a comma after visit] your valve clinic coordinator will ensure that all of your questions have been answered and that you understand exactly what to expect next.

Tips for preparing for your appointment:

  • Write down any symptoms you’re experiencing and for how long.
  • Bring a copy of your current medication list.
  • Bring your insurance card and a photo I.D.
  • Find a family member or friend who can come with you to the appointment, if possible.  This person can help you remember the doctor’s instructions.
  • Write down any questions you may have and bring them with you to your clinic visit. 

To give us a better picture of your overall health, you may require some additional testing including:

  • Echocardiogram.  This test uses sound waves to make an image of your heart.  Your doctor uses this test to look at your heart valves.
  • Computerized Tomography (CT) scan.  During this test you will lie on a table that moves into a scanner.  The scanner will take detailed pictures of your blood vessels, heart, and heart valve.  This test often includes an injection of contrast dye into a vein in your arm. 
  • Pulmonary Function Test (PFT).  This is a breathing test to measure how well your lungs are working.
  • Carotid Doppler.  This is a non-invasive test used to check for blockage in the arteries in your neck (carotid arteries).
  • Ankle Brachial Index (ABI).  This non-invasive test measures the blood pressure in your legs to help us determine whether you have any blockage in your leg arteries.
  • Cardiac catheterization.  In this procedure, your doctor threads a thin tube (catheter) through an artery in your arm or groin and guides it to an artery in your heart.  Dye is then injected through the catheter making your arteries become visible on an X-ray.  This test shows whether there is any blockage in the arteries that supply blood to your heart (coronary arteries).
  • EKG and Lab Work.

To schedule an appointment, call 205-939-7886.