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Mitral Valve Surgery and Recommendations

Posted By Kirk  on April 27, 1999 at 19:35:40
I am 31 years old and have moderate to severe mitral valve regurgitation.  Currently, I am under the care of a cardiologist at Duke University and although I am completely asymptomatic their recommendation is to proceed with a surgical repair of the mitral valve.  Their philosophy appears to be that they can fix a damaged valve but can not fix a damaged heart and if the valve is left untreated the heart may enlarge ultimately leading to heart failure.  This philosophy makes a lot of sense and wanted to know what Cleveland Clinic's position is in this type of situation.  Agree or disagee?  Also Dr. Donald Glower is the surgeon who will perform the surgery and everything I have heard about him is very good and he appears to be an expert in these type of procedures.  Would you concur with this assessment?  Please elaborate with additional info. on Dr. Glower.(In other words, does Dr. Glower meet the Clinic's high standards)
     Your response is greatly appreciated.











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