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Heart Valve Disease and Treatments
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Christine Jellis, MD, PhD

  • Specialist in Heart Imaging
  • Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute

Douglas Johnston, MD

  • Cardiac Surgeon
  • Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute

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.

Christine Jellis, MD, PhD, is a specialist in heart imaging in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. She sees patients at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

Her specialty interests include Cardiovascular disease during pregnancy, valvular heart disease, metabolic heart disease associated with diabetes and obesity, cardiac sarcoidosis, cardio-oncology, radiation associated heart disease, cardiomyopathy, diastolic dysfunction, right heart dysfunction, endocarditis and cardiovascular imaging.

A native of Australia, Dr. Jellis earned her medical degree from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She undertook her internship, residency and two years of her cardiology fellowship at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, followed by a third year of specialty fellowship training focusing on cardiac imaging at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland. She subsequently completed a doctorate in cardiac imaging at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland. From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Jellis was a fellow in advanced cardiac imaging at Cleveland Clinic and joined the Heart & Vascular Institute staff in July 2015.

Douglas Johnston, MD, is a staff cardiac surgeon in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. His specialty interests include Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery, management of patients with bicuspid aortic valve disease, reoperative valve surgery, aortic root surgery, aortic aneurysm surgery, hybrid aortic operations, radiation-induced heart disease, constrictive pericarditis, and long-term outcomes after bioprosthetic valve replacement.

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