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Prisma Health expands cardiology services in Sumter with new clinic

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

SUMTER, S.C.—Prisma Health has established a heart valve clinic at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter that will significantly expand the cardiology services offered in the community. The clinic, part of  the hospital’s Advanced Heart Health Center, will be staffed by Mazen Khalil, MD, of Prisma Health Cardiology and will specifically treat patients with aortic stenosis, mitral stenosis, mitral regurgitation, or tricuspid regurgitation.

“We understand how valuable it is to receive treatment closer to home, and we are pleased to offer these services in a way that is more convenient and comfortable for our patients in this community,” said Khalil. “The ability to evaluate and test patients for these specific diseases will help connect patients to treatment sooner.”

Mazen Khalil, MDValvular heart disease affects around 7.5 million Americans and the prevalence increases with age. Valvular heart disease affects the four valves of the heart, but most commonly affects the aortic valve, the mitral valve and the tricuspid valve. The valves can get stenotic (narrowed) or regurgitant (leaky) for various reasons, including infection, heart attacks and degeneration and calcium deposition on the valve. Common symptoms can include worsening shortness of breath, chest pain and decreased ability to exercise. Other symptoms include fainting episodes, swelling in the legs and difficulty sleeping due to shortness of breath.

“As part of our commitment to inspire health and serve with compassion, we continue to enhance our offerings within the Sumter community, particularly in our specialty areas,” added Louis Smith, Interim CEO of Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital.

The Sumter Valve Clinic is offered as an extension of Columbia-based Prisma Health Heart Hospital, the state’s only freestanding hospital dedicated solely to heart care. Related valve procedures offered at the Advanced Heart Health Center include the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and MitraClipTM procedure.

For more information on the offerings or to schedule an appointment, call 803-774-9797.

About Prisma Health

Prisma Health is a not-for-profit health company and the largest healthcare system in South Carolina. With nearly 30,000 team members, 18 hospitals, 2,947 beds and more than 300 physician practice sites, Prisma Health serves more than 1.2 million unique patients annually. Its goal is to improve the health of all South Carolinians by enhancing clinical quality, the patient experience and access to affordable care, as well as conducting clinical research and training the next generation of medical professionals. For more information, visit PrismaHealth.org.

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