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Valve Center

The future of Heart Valve Surgery is now present.

The Valve Center at North Mississippi Medical Center’s Heart Institute offers convenient access to the most advanced treatment available. The Valve Center specializes in the latest innovations in treating patients with heart valve disorders.

Heart Valve Services

The Valve Center offers diagnosis of heart valve disorders and treatment using both the traditional open approach and minimally-invasive procedures. The Valve Center serves patients with these conditions:

  • Aortic stenosis and regurgitation

  • Mitral stenosis and regurgitation

  • Pulmonic stenosis and regurgitation

  • Tricuspid stenosis and regurgitation

Services include cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cardiac computed tomography (CT ), echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, valvuloplasty and mini-valve surgery.

NMMC is the first hospital in Mississippi and west Tennessee to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a huge breakthrough for high-risk patients who suffer from aortic stenosis. A cardiologist-cardiothoracic surgeon team replaces a diseased valve with no chest incisions by placing a catheter into the artery of the patient’s leg. A balloon catheter is then placed across the narrowed aortic valve and stretched open so the cardiothoracic surgeon can place the new heart valve. When the balloon is inflated, it pushes the new valve into position and the diseased valve to the side. The balloon catheter is then removed, and the new valve starts working immediately.

TAVR is performed on a beating heart and does not require cardiopulmonary bypass or opening the chest like traditional valve surgery. TAVR is a significant breakthrough for those patients currently suffering from severe aortic stenosis. TAVR and other minimally-invasive heart procedures are done in NMMC’s hybrid OR, which combines operating room capabilities with the most advanced imaging systems available.

Heart Valve Team


At the NMMC Valve Center, patients receive a comprehensive functional assessment by multiple specialists in a convenient, outpatient setting. Our team of experts designs a treatment plan and communicates it to patients and referring physicians for ongoing care. NMMC specializes in minimally-invasive heart procedures, avoiding major surgery whenever possible. As an added benefit, referring physicians can access their patients’ reports through NMMC ’s electronic medical record.

For more information, call (662) 377-3654 or 1-888-HEART14 • (1-888-432-7814).

Interventional Cardiology

Barry Bertolet, M.D.

 

 

Interventional Cardiology
Roger Williams, M.D.

 

 

Non-Invasive Cardiology
Murray Estess, M.D.

 

 

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Vishal Sachdev, M.D.

 

 

Cardiothoracic Surgery
David Talton, M.D.

 

 

Operations Coordinator
Susan Oliver, RN

 

 

830 South Gloster Street

Tupelo, Mississippi 38801