Nine months after an endocarditis bacterial infection suddenly scarred the lining of previously healthy Andrew Z.’s heart valve, an echocardiogram ordered by the 35-year-old's Jeanes Hospital cardiologist appeared worrisome.
So David M. Masiak, DO, Andrew’s Temple Health cardiologist, conferred with Robert S. Boova, MD, a Temple heart surgeon at Jeanes Hospital. Both agreed it would be prudent to replace the Elkins Park resident’s heart valve before it became more problematic. Dr. Boova performed the six-hour procedure on July 1.
"We could have chosen several hospitals," says Andrew. "But we wanted Jeanes, which is only about five minutes from our home, and we wanted Temple doctors."