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Structural heart and valvular disease

UF Health cardiologist Dr. Soffer performs an structural heart procedure.

Video: Cardiac Patient Shelly Whiteman is Given a Second Chance

When Shelly Whiteman was originally diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, her local doctor prescribed medication but felt that a cardiac ablation was needed. Two years after the procedure, she still suffered from shortness of breath but her doctor felt he was unable to correct the issue.

After seeing a pulmonologist, it was determined her condition was a result of the unsuccessful ablation which caused a narrowing of the valve between the lower right heart chamber and the lung arteries, known as pulmonary vein stenosis. Ms. Whiteman reached out to UF Health and was referred to Interventional Cardiologist, Calvin Choi, MD, who ordered testing which revealed she had multivessel coronary artery disease in which at least two or three of the coronary arteries are partially or fully blocked. 

Dr. Choi is an expert in the management and treatment of complex coronary artery and structural heart diseases and today Shelly Whiteman is back to enjoying her active lifestyle with the peace of mind that she was given a second chance.

Contact our valve appointment coordinator at to request a structural heart consultation with one of our experts.

  • Donna Bautochka
    Valve Appointment Coordinator

Specialists at the UF Health Cardiovascular Center in Jacksonville lead the region in care for structural heart conditions with advanced diagnosis and treatment options found only at a renowned academic medical center. The Center is also a valuable option for second opinions concerning diagnosis and treatment options.

What is structural heart and valvular disease?

Structural heart disease refers to a number of conditions affecting the heart structures including the heart valves, heart chambers and muscle, among others. These conditions that may be congenital in nature or abnormalities caused by other acquired diseases or simple wear and tear that may come as a person ages.

Structural heart and valvular disease: Types

Structural heart disease can include a number of conditions:

Many of these conditions have negative effects on a person's quality of life, and some, when left untreated, can cause heart failure, stroke and may lead to death.

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