I have a family member who lives in Boca Raton, FL and has leaky valves. He is trying to find a cardiologist in that area. I know that the Cleveland Clinic has doctors in Weston and West Palm Beach. Have any of you had any experiences with this clinic or any cardiologists in the area? Thank you!
My cardiologist left his practice a few months ago. My last conversation with him was that he was soon referring me to Dr. Lamales, a renowned minimum invasive surgeon in our Med Center in Houston. Several people on this site have had their aortic valve replaced by him.
I had my first consultation with my new cardiologist yesterday. He practices out of Methosist Hospital in the Med Center and came highly recommended. I loved his patience in answering all of my question, but he through me for a loop. First of all, as no surprise, he won't comment on Dr. Lamales because he does not practice out of the same hospital, I expected him to recommend a Methodist Doctor that also performs minimum invasive, but he talked against having that procedure by that Doctor. I don't know any details as to why because he said he doesn't like talking badly about him. I am quite confused because I read a lot of reviews on that Doctor, and I would have a hard time believing that Methodist would keep him employed if there were serious issues with him.
The cardiologist went on to ask me if I had Considered TAVR. I told him I did not realize that low to no risk patients were eligible for the procedure unless they were participating in a study. I was extremely shocked that I could be a candidate. If not, he would have Dr. Lawrie perform open heart surgery. This Doctor is considered one of the best and has been practicing for over 40 years.
I am torn now. I do not want open heart surgery because I live alone and only have friends for my support system, plus my brother. They all work and have families. My drive to work is over an hour and a half. I am 61 and a few years from retirement. The thought of going thru invasive surgery and ever getting strong enough to drive that distance is terrifying.
You guys are my support system, and I, truly, appreciate any input. I know those that know Dr. Lamales would recommend that I change cardiologist again. What do you all think about TAVR? I don't think there is any proof yet as to how long the device will last. I did find out that I could have two TAVR's performed, if something goes wrong with the first.
I am so confused as to what to do, and my clock is ticking, I have to make a decision soon.
Any input will be very appreciated. Thank you.