Health Matters: Shipley Weekly Valve Conference
It’s an undertreated disease—and doctors say more patients die from not getting their valvular heart disease taken care of. “It’s important for patients to know that if they have a valvular heart problem, there are fixes for it. It may not be surgery, it may not be trans-catheter, but there are fixes for valvular heart disease,” said Dr. Paul DiGiorgi, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Lee Health.
Which is the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center created a valve clinic—bringing to the table surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and medical teams to evaluate each patient’s condition. “We have a lot of cases that are high risk or complicated and so there may be multiple options, so we really need to get input from the whole group. When you get several physicians together at once looking at the same problem, it’s very interesting how you can get different perspectives on the same problem,” he said.
Using a multidisciplinary approach, health experts determine the best treatment option for each patient. “This may be medical treatment, it may be trans catheter treatments, it may surgical treatment, it may a research trial they may be eligible for that we currently run here,” Dr. DiGiorgi said.
Giving each patient a thorough evaluation to provide the best therapies available for valvular heart disease.
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