Stony Brook University Medical Center has opened a new Valve Center that offers comprehensive treatment of valvular heart disease.
Valvular heart disease is any disease process involving one or more of the valves of the heart. According to the American Heart Association, a person can be born with an abnormal heart valve, or a valve can become damaged by infections such as endocarditis, rheumatic fever or changes in valve structure in the elderly. Treatment options include medication or, depending on the severity, valve repair or replacement by inserting an artificial heart valve.
The Valve Center is located within the Stony Brook University Heart Center, off the main lobby of the Hospital. It provides a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment of valve disease, in which the cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon provide a comprehensive diagnostic assessment and the best therapeutic option tailored to the patient's specific valve disease. A nurse practitioner also meets with each patient to coordinate evaluation and treatment.
"The goal of the Valve Center is to provide patients with a thorough diagnostic evaluation of their valve disease, so they have a better understanding of their condition. We provide them with a detailed plan of their treatment in a language they can understand and trust," said Smadar Kort, M.D., FACC, FASE, Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Director of the Valve Center Dr. Kort has board certifications in cardiovascular disease and echocardiology and is nationally and internationally known for her expertise in the field of echocardiography.
Another goal of the center is to improve the time from initial patient referral to diagnosis to treatment. Patients referred to the Valve Center will be seen within one week of referral. The time from diagnosis to treatment will be reduced by coordinating all tests and consultations into a single patient visit whenever possible.
The Valve Center will provide a comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment options for our patients," said Sandeep Gupta, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery in Stony Brook University School of Medicine's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, who serves as Co-Director of the Valve Center. "It capitalizes upon the longstanding experience and expertise of a team that has collectively performed more than 15,000 heart operations."