Valve Clinic Helps Patients with Complex valve disease
More 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:
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:
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.
At any given time, Sarasota Memorial participates in a number of cardiac-related clinical trials, including the latest . Call (941) 917-2225 for information.
Location: 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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
To download a referral form, click here.