The Baptist Health Heart Institute Valve Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of aortic stenosis (a condition where the aortic valve in the heart does not open completely and prevents adequate blood flow).
The valve clinic determines the most appropriate and safest procedure for the patient through a collaborative approach among cardiologists and surgeons. The TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) procedure is a non-invasive way to replace the valve for patients who are not candidates for open heart surgery. The recovery time is much shorter and better for the patient.
The Baptist Health Heart Institute Valve Clinic is led by Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Rodriguez, the state’s first fellowship-trained structural heart physician and Dr. Jimmy Day, a cardiothoracic surgeon.
Other collaborating physicians include: Dr. Gary Collins, an interventional cardiologist, Dr. Joe Hackler, a non-interventional cardiologist, and Drs. Bo Busby and Derlis Martino, who are cardiovascular surgeons.
The program is fully integrated with support from respiratory care, surgery, cardiac cath lab, and an RN clinic coordinator.
Baptist Health Heart Institute Valve Clinic is a service of Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock.