For more information, call: 573-331-3000

Heart Valve Center – Now Open!

Exceptional cardiac care gets even better with the Heart Valve Center now open at Saint Francis!

When it comes to your heart, you deserve the best. With its multidisciplinary team of talented cardiologists, heart surgeons, specialists and dedicated coordinator, the Heart Valve Center at Saint Francis Medical Center, in cooperation with Cleveland Clinic, offers the most advanced treatment for patients with heart valve disease in the region.

Coordinated Care for Better Outcomes

Heart Valve Center coordinator, Jennifer Cotner, MSN, APRN, ACNP/AGACNP-BC, ensures all questions are answered and the right specialists are gathered for a patient’s initial medical evaluation. After each case assessment, a personalized patient care plan is created – with ongoing communication to referring physicians to keep them informed. Additionally, new technologies and procedures and expanded services and coordinated approach to care all lead to better outcomes for patients in the region.

Heart Valve Disease Symptoms

Left untreated, valve disease can cause heart damage, other complications or even death. Often, there are no noticeable heart valve disease symptoms, but watch for these signs in patients:

  • Shortness of breath and wheezing after minimal physical activity
  • Swelling of limbs or abdomen
  • Fever or rapid weight gain
  • Fatigue, dizziness or fainting
  • Heart palpitations or chest pain

To make an appointment with the Heart Valve Center, located within the Heart Hospital – Entrance 7, call the Consumer Call Center at 573-331-3996 or consult with your primary care physician.