Community Health: Heart Valves

Community Health: Heart Valves

February is American Heart Month so we pulled up the mics to chat with Dr. Ernesto Jimenez as part of our community health partnership with Valley Health. Dr. Jimenez is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive valve surgery, mitral valve repair and coronary artery revascularization with arterial conduits. He’s part of Valley Health Cardiothoracic Surgeons and the advanced valve program team at Winchester Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Center.

Our conversation centered around healthy valves and what happens when they start to break down. Dr. Jimenez explained how valves work, what happens to them over time and talked about symptoms we might experience when they begin to fail.

He walked us through a few treatment options and talked about the advancements in minimally invasive surgery for valve repair/replacement since the 1950’s.

For more information about Valley Health’s Heart & Vascular Center, visit their website HERE.