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Trinity Mother Frances
Neuroscience Institute

Heart Valve Center

The Trinity Mother Frances Heart Valve Center at the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital offers advanced cardiac programs for treatment of heart valve disorders and disease.

Our specialized program uses a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on patient-centered care. A team of cardiac specialists works collaboratively with the referring physician to ensure that each patient receives the most appropriate combination of medical and surgical treatments and therapies.

The Heart Valve Center is committed to quality, compassionate care utilizing state-of-the-art procedures. Our program is modeled on leading heart valve treatment centers in the nation. We are committed to easy access, as well. With just one call, all outpatient clinic appointments can be scheduled with the Heart Valve Center team.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (903) 606-7310.

Our Services
The Heart Valve Center offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease and disorders using the most advanced treatment options, focusing on minimally invasive valve surgery. Our highly trained and experienced cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists work closely together to assess each patient’s condition to determine the most suitable medical or surgical treatments, or combination of both therapies.

Heart valve diseases that may be treated by heart valve surgery include:
Aortic valve disease
Mitral valve disease
Pulmonary valve disease
Tricuspid valve disease

Conditions treated include:
Aortic stenosis and regurgitation (specializing in minimally invasive replacement)
Mitral stenosis and regurgitation (specializing in mitral valve repair)
Pulmonic stenosis and regurgitation
Tricuspid stenosis and regurgitation (specializing in mitral valve repair)

In addition, the Heart Valve Center is the leader in our region for minimally invasive cardiac valve surgery, with by far the most experience and effective results.

Criteria for Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis (AS)
Patients referred to the Heart Valve Center should meet one or more of the following criteria. Our goal is to ensure every patient with AS is evaluated by our team. and severe AS is defined by the ACC/AHA Guidelines as meeting one or more of the following criteria:

1) Mean gradient > 40 mmHg, or
2) Valve area < 1.0 cm2, or
3) Max jet velocity > 4 m/s 

Our Team
Our experts deliver advanced care in:

Diagnostic and interventional cardiology
Minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery
Minimally invasive procedures including heart valve replacement and repair, robotic heart surgery and totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery
Cardiac imaging including echocardiography and CT angiography
Cardiac anesthesiology

 
Neelan S. Doolabh, MD
Medical Director
Trinity Mother Frances Heart Valve Center

Under the direction of Neelan S. Doolabh, MD, Heart Valve Center medical director, the Trinity Clinic team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, mid-level providers and nurses are dedicated to delivering advanced medical and surgical care and offer a truly comprehensive program for the treatment of heart valve conditions in East Texas.


Brittany Means, RN BSN
Nurse Navigator
Trinity Mother Frances Heart Valve Center

Central to the success of the Heart Valve Center is the Nurse Navigator. Brittany will ensure our patients and their families clearly understand the disease process as well as all treatment options. In addition, working with the patient’s cardiologist and primary care physician, the Nurse Navigator ensures every aspect of patient interaction - from initial referral to meeting with the Heart Valve Team to address patient treatment plans - is seemlessly coordinated and attended to by our staff.

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