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Valve Clinic Helps Patients with Complex valve disease

Valve clinic patientsMore than five million Americans suffer from valve disease, such as aortic stenosis and mitral disorders, and many do not even know it. Even with no outward signs of problems, valve disease can develop and worsen over time, just like coronary artery disease. Left untreated, it can lead to heart failure and other complications, including death.

Sarasota Memorial’s Valve Clinic provides a nationally recognized team of cardiovascular specialists to evaluate, support and manage the care of patients with complex valve disorders, especially those who may not be candidates for surgery due to age or other medical conditions. 

Some of the conditions frequently addressed include: 

  • Aortic stenosis
  • Mitral valve disease, including mitral regurgitation and mitral stenosis
  • Tricuspid valve disease 
  • Pulmonary stenosis

Collaborative Care
Our multi-disciplinary approach combines the collaborative efforts of referring primary care physicians, cardiologists, interventionalists and cardiac and thoracic surgeons to provide focused assessments and the latest, safest treatment options, including Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). Sarasota Memorial and its Valve Clinic team was one of the first sites approved in southwest Florida to offer TAVR, which allows doctors to replace a diseased valve without opening the chest. 

The Valve Clinic team provides:

  • Complete medical evaluation by heart valve specialists
  • Advanced cardiac imaging and diagnostics
  • Complete options for valve intervention, including catheter-based interventions, minimally-invasive robotic valve surgery and open surgical interventions
  • Second opinions regarding valve diagnosis, severity and the timing and type of recommended intervention 
  • Re-do valve repair and replacement
  • Aortic and mitral balloon valvuloplasty
  • Surgical repair of mitral valve prolapse
  • Prosthetic paravalvular repair
  • ASD/PFO closure
  • MitraClip (non-surgical, catheter-based treatment for select patients with Mitral Regurgitation).
  • Patient education & support
  • Personalized care plan, including ongoing monitoring and follow-up
  • Care coordination with your primary care physician and cardiologist

Valve Conference
Complex clinical cases are presented for group discussion at a bi-monthly Valve Conference. Conference participants include a multi-disciplinary team of cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, primary cardiologists and imaging specialists who address diagnostic challenges and strategies, treatment options and potential surgical interventions.

Clinical Trials
At any given time, Sarasota Memorial participates in a number of cardiac-related clinical trials, including the latest . Call (941) 917-2225 for information. 

Valve Clinic 
 Sarasota Memorial Heart & Vascular Services
1540 S. Tamiami Trail, 2nd floor.
Hours: It is open every Thursday afternoon by appointment.

Valve Clinic Physicians 
The TAVR medical team – overseen by Sarasota Memorial’s Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery Jeffrey Sell, MD, includes: 

  • Interventional Cardiologists Ricardo Yaryura, MD, and David Schreibman, MD
  • Echocardiography Cardiologists Chippy Nalluri, MD and Hakim Morsli, MD
  • Cardiac Anesthesiologist Mark Wittman, MD

Valve Clinic Program Manager
Jennifer Sullivan, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Medicare and most insurance plans cover this service. A physician referral is required, but patients are welcome to contact Program Manager Jennifer Sullivan with any questions at the contact numbers provided below.

For more information, assistance with an authorization/referral or to schedule an appointment, please contact Jennifer Sullivan, ACNP, at (941) 917-6968 (phone), (941) 917-5437 (fax) or email:
To download a referral form, click here.

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