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Published on January 28, 2013

Screening for heart valve disorder can save your life

Did you know that your heart beats about 100,000 times a day and pumps on the order of 2,000 gallons of blood?

bloodOver time, all that hard work can cause wear and tear on your heart valves, the gateways that keep blood flowing through your heart. More than 5 million Americans are diagnosed with heart valve disease each year and many more remain undiagnosed. If left untreated, valve disease can lead to heart failure and even death.

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital’s new Cardiac Valve Clinic addresses a need for early screening and specialized treatment. “We are excited to offer our community a comprehensive, guideline-driven program that offers the highest level of care, from evaluation all the way through treatment and follow-up visits,” says Steven Weiss, MD, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.

Full Range of Care

Valve disease can easily be detected with an echocardiogram, a commonly used test that uses sound waves to help your physician see how efficiently your heart is pumping blood. At Mercy Fitzgerald’s Cardiac Valve Clinic, a team of skilled specialists offers the latest available medical and surgical treatments, including minimally invasive valve repair and replacement surgery.

The Cardiac Valve Clinic Navigator is there to personally assist you with every step of the treatment plan developed by your doctors, from scheduling tests and appointments to helping you fill your prescriptions or even arrange transportation.

Just a Phone Call Away

To learn more about Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital’s Cardiac Valve Clinic, call 1.877.GO MERCY.

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