Edward Savage, MD
- Chairman, Robert and Suzanne Tomish Department of Cardiac Surgery
- Cleveland Clinic Florida
Bruce Lytle, MD
- Chairman, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute
- Cleveland Clinic
Your heart has four valves which open during a heartbeat to allow blood flow from one chamber to another and close to prevent blood from leaking back out. Heart valve disease occurs when one or more of these valves do not work properly. Some people are born with heart valve defects but valve disease can also develop due to age-related changes in the heart and infections among other conditions. People with heart valve disease can experience symptoms such as unusual fatigue, shortness or breath or swelling in their ankles, feet, legs, abdomen and veins in the neck. If left untreated, a faulty heart valve can reduce quality of life and become life-threatening resulting in stroke or cardiac arrest. Heart valve disease can be treated with lifestyle changes and medication therapy but may eventually require surgery to repair or replace the damaged valve.
Cleveland Clinic's cardiothoracic surgery team in Florida and Ohio perform minimally invasive heart valve repair using video assisted and/or robotic approaches without the use of artificial parts. The advantages to repairing a leaky or faulty valve are lower risk of infection, preserved heart muscle strength and a decreased need for life-long blood thinner medication. When repair is out of the question, replacement of the valve can be recommended. The valve is replaced by either a mechanical or biological valve. Replacing the valve can restore normal heart function in combination with on-going medication and cardiac rehabilitation therapies. In particular cases, valve surgery may be combined with other procedures including bypass surgery or surgery to treat atrial fibrillation (A-fib) to fully treat the patient’s heart disease or condition.
The Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiac Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida is one of the region’s leaders in cardiothoracic and valvular surgical care. Our cardiac and thoracic surgeons work closely with our Heart and Vascular teams to provide patients with coordinated diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plans, including minimally invasive surgical options using state-of-the-art technology.
Take this opportunity to have your questions answered about valve disease/conditions by expert cardiothoracic surgeon and Department Chairman, Edward Savage, MD and learn more about the valve repair and replacement options available at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Savage will also be joined by the Chairman of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, Dr. Bruce Lytle.
Edward Savage, MD is a cardiothoracic surgeon and Chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsihs Department of Cardiac Surgery. He specializes in reoperative and complex cardiac surgery, valvular diseases, mitral valve repair, surgical approaches to heart failure and minimally invasive heart surgery.
To make an appointment with Edward Savage, MD or any of the other specialists in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiac Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida, please call 877.463.2010. You can also visit us online at vanity URL: www.clevelandclinicflorida.org
Bruce Lytle, MD, is Chairman of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at the Cleveland Clinic and a staff cardiac surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Lytle has a special interest in coronary artery disease, arterial bypass grafting, valvular heart diseases, valve surgery, re-operations and diseases of the thoracic aorta.
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