Baptist Health Paducah, the heart hospital our region prefers 3 to 1, offers a new team approach to treating heart valve disease.
Heart valve disease, any condition involving the four valves of the heart, affects five million Americans each year. Disease occurs when any of the heart’s valves either can’t open well enough to let blood flow through or can’t close well enough to prevent backflow of the blood.
If left untreated, valve disease gets worse and leads to heart failure, affecting quality of life and longevity. Patients with severe heart valve disease have a shorter life expectancy, so prompt treatment is critical.
If you’ve ever been told you have a heart murmur or a heart valve problem, you should speak to your doctor, who can refer you to our valve clinic for diagnostic testing.
A team approach
Baptist Health Paducah offers a coordinated team of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons to help patients get the best treatment early, so they can continue their active lifestyles.
If the patient is considered a good candidate for surgery, he or she could have the valve repaired with a minimally invasive technique and then return to normal activity, which wouldn’t be possible if the disease is left untreated.
You can learn more about valve disease and treatments when my colleagues – cardiologist Kenneth Ford, MD, and cardiothoracic surgeon Nicholas Lopez, MD – speak at the hospital’s free Brunch Bunch from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Baptist Heart Center auditorium. Phone 270.575.2797 to register.
Also, mark your calendars for the annual Heart Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 22, in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2. Baptist staff will provide free blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings. Fasting and advance registration are not required. Physicians and other providers will be available to answer questions.
If you’ve been diagnosed with valve disease, talk to our registered nurses 24/7 about options to improve your health. Phone Baptist Health Line at 270.575.2918.
–Cardiologist Sanjay Bose, MD, FACC