AdventHealth Cardiovascular Institute
AdventHealth Cardiovascular Institute (formerly Florida Hospital) excels at the repair and replacement of heart valves. Recognized around the world for the volume of procedures performed, expertise and success, valve surgery has become a routine practice at our Institute. In 2017, AdventHealth performed more than 865 valve surgery patients (aortic valve and mitral valve combined), more than anyone else in the state. With outcomes exceeding expectations set by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, our award-winning cardiac care program has also earned its solid reputation as a comprehensive training facility for visiting surgeons across the country and all over the globe.
According to the American Heart Association, approximately five million people are diagnosed with valve disease each year. Valve disease can develop before birth (congenital) or during one’s life. As a Valve Center of Excellence, AdventHealth is leading the field in ground-breaking techniques including minimally invasive and small incision. "Heart valve surgery can be extremely complex and the experience of the entire team is critical. We work together to ensure each patient receives optimal results and benefits from an unparalleled level of experience," says Valve Center of Excellence Medical Director Kevin Accola, MD.
Center for Transcatheter Valve Therapies
AdventHealth Cardiovascular Institute has been selected as one of the first sites to offer the recently FDA-approved Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) as a treatment option for certain patients with inoperable, severe, symptomatic aortic valve stenosis. Patients eligible for this therapy have severe aortic stenosis and are experiencing cardiac symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest discomfort or syncope.
The Center for Valve Therapies is a multidisciplinary clinic that combines the efforts of referring physicians, cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons to provide focused assessments and treatment options for patients with complex valve disorders. This collaborative approach offers patients exemplary clinical care through evaluations and advanced imaging. The multidisciplinary team also provides clear communication about recommended medical and surgical options to our patients and referring physicians.
Meet Our Heart Valve Specialists
AdventHealth Cardiovascular Institute has assembled a special team of heart valve specialists that are committed to getting patients the best results. Our team consists of many leading surgeons and cardiologists that you can learn more about by clicking the links below:
Our Patients Say
Hi there! My name is Denise Ring and I suffered from severe mitral regurgitation due to a mitral valve prolapse. Like many patients, I was scared and anxious before surgery. After surgery, however, I’m ...
Hi there! My name is Denise Ring and I suffered from severe mitral regurgitation due to a mitral valve prolapse. Like many patients, I was scared and anxious before surgery. After surgery, however, I’m feeling fantastic!
Dr. Kevin Accola performed a mitral valve repair on me. This amazing surgeon is a truly gifted man. He is not only highly skilled but also sincerely concerned about the well-being of his patients. I was actually caught off-guard by his compassion and calm but confident demeanor.
It is not often that one finds this fine combination of character and expertise. Dr. Accola on more than one occasion took the time to make sure that all of my concerns where addressed. He visited with me the morning of the surgery and one of his surgery team members was in contact and kept my family updated on my condition during surgery. Next, Dr. Accola proceeded to check on me in the ICU, and visited me just about every day during my hospital stay (even on Easter Sunday).
Dr. Accola’s staff at the AdventHealth Cardiovascular Institute is exceptional as well, and treated me with respect and empathy -- from the moment I called the office to make a consultation appointment to the day I arrived at the hospital. AdventHealth is a first class operation all the way. Should I need another heart surgery in the future, I would absolutely put my trust in Dr. Accola and his team. This doctor is extraordinary.
Mitral Valve Repair
Hello! My name is Scott Nieman. I am 42 years old. I was born in 1967 with aortic stenosis. Back then, the doctors did not operate on infants so it was not until I was 12 years old, and my condition became ...
Hello! My name is Scott Nieman. I am 42 years old. I was born in 1967 with aortic stenosis. Back then, the doctors did not operate on infants so it was not until I was 12 years old, and my condition became life-threatening, that they decided to operate.
I was fortunate to have one of the top surgeons in the country, Dr. Arthur DeBoer, operate on me at the first hospital in the Chicago area. Doctor DeBoer was able to repair the aortic valve by simply cutting the three leaflets to a full open position. This resolved the problem of stenosis. But, over time, aortic regurgitation became my new problem. The doctors back then estimated that I would need to have my aortic valve replaced by the time I was 30 years old. Well, I made it to 42. But, the time had come to replace the worn out valve.
I chose to go with Dr. Kevin Accola and his wonderful team that assists him in the surgery including Dr. Mike Butkus and Denise Mouad at AdventHealth Cardiovascular Institute. Both Dr. Accola and Dr. Butkus were very professional with a warm and friendly bedside manner. I could not have asked for a better team!
I was out of the hospital four days later and my recovery at home has been great!
Aortic Valve Replacement
Hi! My name is Duane Hunt, and I’m a 50-year-old Pastor from Winter Haven, Florida. My wife, Peggy, and I have been married for 32 years and have 5 grown children and 8 grandchildren.
I was ...
I was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse and regurgitation. My left atrium was a bit enlarged and my left ventricle showed increased voltage. I had mitral valve repair surgery at AdventHealth Cardiovascular Institute. The surgery was performed by Dr. Kevin Accola.
In my opinion, Dr. Accola is a phenomenally gifted surgeon who also has a very warm and caring bedside manner. He personally got me my first bite of post-op food, an ice cream cup. I was in amazing hands and received astounding care both by Dr. Accola and by the wonderful staff of AdventHealth Cardiovascular Institute.
Mitral Valve Repair
Have A Question? Call Beverly at (407) 809-8867
Hi, my name is Beverly Mansker and I am the heart valve clinic coordinator for AdventHealth Cardiovascular Institute.
At AdventHealth, we realize that patients who are facing heart surgery will encounter many challenges, questions and concerns regarding their treatment.
As a key member of our heart surgery team, I'm here to help you navigate the full spectrum of services -- from accessing the latest medical research, to psychological and nutritional counseling.
Whether its coordinating appointments, assisting with insurance issues, or just a heart-...
Whether its coordinating appointments, assisting with insurance issues, or just a heart-to-heart chat, I'll ensure you receive the care you need when you need it.
Warm regards, Beverly Mansker (407) 809-8867