Heart Care

Valve Clinic

The Valve Clinic at the Roper St. Francis Heart & Vascular Center provides advanced diagnosis and treatment services for those with valve disorders or disease. All our diagnostics and procedures are performed at the state-of-the art Heart & Vascular Center. Here patients can receive all the treatments they need in one comfortable location. The clinic navigator will work directly with referring cardiologists or primary care doctors, and coordinate patient appointments and procedures as well as insurance certification.

What is valve disease?

Your heart contains four valves that allow blood to flow in and out of the heart. When any of the four valves stops opening and closing properly, it becomes difficult for your heart to function effectively and can lead to uncomfortable symptoms. Millions of Americans receive a diagnosis of valve disease each year.

How do we treat valve disease?

For those newly diagnosed with valve disease or for those looking for a second opinion, the Valve Clinic is here to help. The experts at our clinic, in collaboration with your referring doctor, will create a personalized care plan for your valve disorder. For many, medications and lifestyle changes can help manage valve disease.

If surgery is necessary, there are minimally invasive surgical technique options available. To find out if you may be a candidate for minimally invasive heart surgery, visit Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery FAQs. The clinic is directly associated with the Roper St. Francis Heart & Vascular Center team that performs the most adult cardiac procedures in the Lowcountry.

What are the symptoms of valve disease?

The presence, or lack thereof, and severity of symptoms does not necessarily correlate with the seriousness of valve disease, so it’s important to talk to your doctor anytime you notice changes in your health. When symptoms occur, they may include:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty catching your breath
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness or inability to maintain regular activity level
  • Lightheadedness or loss of consciousness
  • Swollen ankles, feet or abdomen
  • Chest pain or palpitations (rapid rhythms or skips)

Our Team

Our valve team is a group of board certified experts and experienced, well-trained physician assistants and nurse practitioners working together to give our patients world-class heart and vascular care right here in the Lowcountry.

We offer

  • a team approach to determine a treatment plan designed for the patient’s individual needs
  • leading-edge, minimally invasive procedures that can repair mitral and aortic valves that result in shorter hospital stay and reduced recovery time
  • the only CT surgeon in South Carolina performing minimally invasive aortic valve replacements


Interventional Cardiology
Troy Bunting, MD
Kenneth Hanger, MD
Matthew O’Steen, MD

Cardiac Surgery
Scott Ross, MD
John Spratt, MD
Matt Toole, MD

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