BHS Valve Clinic
Complex Heart Disease Treatment
Butler Memorial Hospital's
Valve Clinic evaluates patients with more complex valvular heart disease such as aortic
stenosis (narrowing) or mitral/tricuspid regurgitation.
Using advanced state-of-the-art imaging, including 3D echocardiography,
patients are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel which is led by a
team of expert cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons creating a patient
to listen to an interview with Dr. El-Khatib and Marie Delaney about the
BHS Valve Clinic
The BHS Valve Clinic is currently open to patients with advanced heart
disease. Your doctor can help evaluate whether you are a candidate for
the Valve Clinic. If they believe you require the advanced treatment our
clinic provides, they can fill out a BHS Valve Clinic form and fax it
to our Valve Clinic Coordinator.
The Valve Clinic team works closely with referring physicians in decision
making and treatment plans to ensure optimum care and a smooth transition
for patients as they return to the care of their own physicians.
Our superior 3-D echocardiography equipment provides us with precise diagnostic
information on heart and valve health. A team of experts reviews the results
and collectively decides on the best treatment option for the patient.
This team consists of cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists,
cardiac imaging specialists, and advanced cardiac nurses specializing
in structural heart and valvular disease.
Treatment options include:
Valve Replacement or Repair - Sometimes valves become so damaged that they require open heart surgery
for repair or replacement with a synthetic device. Options for replacement
devices include mechanical valves, tissue valves, or taking an existing
healthy valve and moving it to replace the damaged one in what is known
as the “Ross Procedure.”
Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty - This procedure enlarges a narrowed heart valve. Using a catheter, a balloon
is inserted into the valve and inflates, opening up the damaged valve.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) - This operation is preferred by patients who desire minimally invasive
surgery. Rather than replacing a damaged valve, a replacement is inserted
into its place. The damaged valve will be pushed out of the way as the
replacement takes over.
Patients with advanced valvular disease may be candidates for BHS'
Valve Clinic. For evaluation and follow up, speak to your physician or
To view our Valve Clinic Brochure,
click here and to see our Valve Team Commercial,
Listen to a recent radio show featuring Dr. Hazem El-Khatib and Marie Delaney,
PA-C discussing TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement)