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Heart Valve Disease and Treatments
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Deborah Kwon, MD

  • Cardiologist
  • Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

Per Wierup, MD, PhD

  • Heart Surgeon
  • Department of Cardiovascular Surgery

Heart valve disease occurs when one or more of the heart valves do not work correctly and cause the heart to pump harder to circulate the right amount of blood through the body. Left untreated, heart valve disease can reduce a person’s quality of life and become life-threatening. Take this opportunity to learn more about treatment options for valve disease and have your questions answered by Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine staff cardiologist, Deborah Kwon, MD, and heart surgeon in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Per Wierup, MD, PhD.

Heart valve disease occurs when one or more of the heart valves do not work correctly because of valvular stenosis or valvular insufficiency. These conditions cause the heart to pump harder to circulate the right amount of blood through the body. Left untreated, heart valve disease can reduce a person’s quality of life and become life-threatening. In many cases, valves can be surgically repaired or replaced, restoring normal function and allowing the person to return to normal activities. Over the past few years, there have been great advances in the surgical treatment of diseased heart valves by heart valve surgery. The diagnostic tests your heart doctor orders help to identify the location, type and extent of your valve disease. The results of these tests, the structure of your heart, your age, and your lifestyle will help your cardiologist, surgeon, and you decide what type of heart valve treatment is right for your condition. Take this opportunity to learn more about valve disease, including medical and surgical treatment options, and have your questions answered by two of our experts.

Deborah Kwon, MD, is a cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. Her clinical interests include cardiac MRI and CT, ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, heart valve disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, pericardial disease and women and heart disease.

She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She holds dual appointments in the departments of cardiovascular medicine and radiology.

Dr. Kwon is an expert in multimodality cardiovascular imaging, having achieved the highest level of proficiency in all imaging modalities, including cardiac MRI, cardiac CT, echocardiography. She is also the Director of Cardiac MRI Research and serves as the Core Lab director for NIH as well as industry sponsored trials.

Per Wierup, MD, is a heart surgeon in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He sees patients at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. His specialty interests include Heart valve surgery, including mitral valve repair, robotic mitral valve surgery, aortic valve repair and replacement, tricuspid valve repair (Cone repair), endocarditis; aortic aneurysm repair, including aortic root reconstruction and valve-sparing aortic root replacement with the David procedure; Maze III procedure for atrial fibrillation; myectomy and surgery to relieve left-ventricular outflow tract obstruction.

Dr. Wierup earned his medical degree and a PhD in cardiothoracic surgery with a specialty in lung transplantation from Lund University, Lund, Sweden. He served his residency in general surgery and anesthesia at Kristianstad Hospital, Karlshamm, Sweden, and a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at University Hospital, Lund, Sweden. Dr. Wierup completed his subspecialty training as a fellow in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic 1998-1999. He was named to the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2017.

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