The Duke Activity Status Index (DASI) is a 12-item questionnaire that utilizes self-reported physical work capacity to estimate peak metabolic equivalents (METs) and has been shown to be a valid measurement of functional capacity.


Introducing the South Florida Valve Institute at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, JFK Medical Center, and Northwest Medical Center

The South Florida Valve Institute at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, JFK Medical Center, and Northwest Medical Center consists of a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to offering patients an option to the invasive surgery of valve replacement. For our patients, that means the opportunity to reap the benefits of a better quality of life, usually without the need of anti-coagulation medication. Ultimately, survival rates are higher with mitral valve repair when compared to replacement.

The South Florida Valve Institute is part of the Aventura Center for Cardiac and Vascular Medicine, JFK Medical, and Northwest Medical Center dedicated to offering patients the most leading edge, innovative and collaborative approach to the treatment of complex conditions.

To schedule an appointment for an evaluation at The South Florida Valve Institute at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, JFK Medical Center or Northwest Medical Center, please call 1-855-Murmurs (687-6877).

The Team

Our skilled multi-disciplinary team includes some of the best cardiologic physicians, cardiac interventionists, surgeons, nurses and an outstanding cardiac cath lab staff.

Know Your Heart Health

Heart valve disease is non-discriminatory and can affect our community at any age. If left undiagnosed or untreated, it can lead to heart failure or worse.

Knowing your risk factors and valve score are the first steps to taking control of your heart health. The Duke Activity Status Index (DASI) is a 12-item questionnaire that utilizes self-reported physical work capacity to estimate a patient’s at-risk assessment for valve disease and other heart-related issues.

To know your score, please take our DASI test.

Appointments at The South Florida Valve Institute at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, JFK Medical Center, and Northwest Medical Center are available by physician referral or self-referral. If you find you are in need of further testing, please call 1-855-Murmurs (687-6877) to schedule an appointment for your assessment. Our coordinator will help make all necessary arrangements for your evaluation.

You will then be evaluated by the team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiac interventionists to discuss potential options. To arrive at the right diagnosis, the assessment may include diagnostic studies and a discussion about the evaluation of your valve disease.

Symptoms

Oftentimes, valve disease causes little to no symptoms making it harder to catch. As the disease worsens, patients can experience a variety of symptoms including:

  • Chest pains
  • Palpitations caused by irregular heartbeats or racing heartbeats
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath, especially with activity
  • Fainting spells

Always consult your physician for a diagnosis. If symptoms are severe, call 911 immediately.

Conditions Affecting Your Valve and Treatments

What is Aortic Valve Stenosis?

Aortic valve stenosis, also known as aortic stenosis, occurs when the aortic valve narrows and constricts blood flow from the heart to your body. When your aortic valve is not functioning properly, the heart needs to work harder to provide oxygenated blood to your body and, eventually, the heart becomes overworked and weakened.

Symptoms of a weakened heart due to aortic valve disease include fatigue, dizziness and trouble breathing. Many patients report no symptoms until the disease is advanced beyond repair. Severe aortic valve stenosos leads to serious heart problems and a rapid decline in quality of life.

What is Mitral Valve Prolapse?

Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a common, usually benign heart disorder. The mitral valve controls blood flow between the upper (atrium) and lower (ventricle) chambers on the left side of the heart. Normally, blood should only flow in one direction, from the upper chamber into the lower chamber. In MVP, the valve flaps don't work properly; part of the valve balloons into the atrium, which may be associated with blood flowing in the wrong direction, or leaking back into the atrium.

What is Mitral Valve Regurgitation?

Mitral regurgitation is the leaking of blood from the left ventricle across the mitral valve, and into the left atrium. The flow of blood pumped by the heart is controlled by one-way valves. These valves assure that blood moves in only one direction. When the mitral valve leaks, some of the blood that should be pumped into the body instead goes backward into the left atrium. If the amount of blood that leaks is severe, mitral regurgitation can be a serious condition that requires care from your doctor. The sooner it is treated, the more favorable the outcome. Your cardiologist can help you determine the optimal time and method for your treatment.

Repair Vs. Replacement

There are several treatment options available for a leaky valve including mechanical replacement, bio-prosthetic replacement, and repair. Emerging research indicates there are significant advantages to saving the natural valve with a repair procedure whenever possible.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Until now, patients with severe aortic stenosis have had to give up much of what makes life enjoyable. But a new procedure at JFK, called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), means they won’t have to give up hope.

JFK is part of a select group of hospitals in the U.S. approved to offer this promising new procedure for those considered too high risk for traditional heart valve replacement, or those who were previously considered inoperable. To learn more about TAVR, or to see whether you’re a candidate for the procedure, visit WeHeartYourHeart.com. Or, ask your doctor for a referral.

Our patients have access to an experienced team of physicians, nurses, clinicians and rehabilitation specialists at The South Florida Valve Institute at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, JFK Medical Center, and Northwest Medical Center.

To find a cardiologist, visit our Find A Physician tool for Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, JFK Medical Center, or Northwest Medical Center, or call 1-888-256-7692.


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