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Donna Martensen learned she had a heart murmur five years ago during an annual exam. Since then she has been under the care of a cardiologist who noted her condition was worsening.
“My cardiologist recently referred me to Dr. Barnett,” said Martensen. “He recommended I have surgery to correct the problem. My brother-in-laws both had heart surgery years ago and just from their experience I knew I was probably in for quite an extensive surgery.”
In adults, heart murmurs most often are caused by heart valve disease. When heart valves become damaged or diseased, they may not function properly. When one of the heart valves narrows, the heart muscle must work harder. If one or more valves don’t work properly, the diseased valve or valves may need to be surgically repaired or replaced.
Traditionally, repair or replacement of heart valves has involved open-heart surgery, which means the chest is opened in the operating room and the heart is stopped for a period of time so the surgeon may repair or replace the valve. In order to open the chest, the sternum, or breastbone, is cut in half and spread apart.
In May, Mark Barnett, MD, Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa, P.C. cardiothoracic surgeon began performing a minimally invasive heart valve surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital. The surgery is specifically used in mitral valve repair or replacement and aortic valve replacement.Click here to read the full story.