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Brandon Regional Hospital Announces the Establishment of Its “Heart Murmur & Valve Program”

Marketing & Public Relations Contact:
Regina Pointer
(813) 571-5105

May 22, 2012

Brandon, FL – Brandon Regional Hospital announces the establishment of its Heart Murmur & Valve Program located on the campus of Brandon Regional Hospital, 119 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, Florida 33511.

The Heart Murmur & Valve Program is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of heart murmur and valve conditions. Many times, valve conditions will be noticed through a heart murmur discovered by the primary care physician. Together, with primary care physicians, a cardiologist and a cardiac valve surgeon evaluates, diagnoses and develops a treatment plan for valve conditions. The Heart Murmur & Valve Program at Brandon Regional Hospital offers valve conferences where all interested physicians can collaboratively review the patient’s case and decide on the best plan for treatment or ongoing follow-up. The program offers access to, and  evaluates the patient for eligibility for the latest minimally invasive procedures. If surgery is necessary, patients can take heart they are being cared for at a nationally ranked cardiothoracic surgery program with specific recognition by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals, the only program to achieve this recognition to date in Hillsborough County.

For more information, for a free assessment or to schedule an appointment call 855-MUR-MUR1 or 855-687-6871.

What is a heart murmur?

A heart murmur is an extra or unusual sound heard during the heartbeat. Murmurs range from very faint to very loud. Sometimes they sound like a whooshing or swishing noise. Doctors can hear these sounds and heart murmurs using a stethoscope. Most murmurs are innocent or do not put you at risk for deterioration of your cardiac health. However, some murmurs warrant additional and regular follow-up to prevent further deterioration to your health. Our Valve Program Coordinator, working with you and your physician, can help you find out your risk.

About Brandon Regional Hospital

Brandon Regional Hospital is a proud member of the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. BRH is a 398-acute care facility which includes a 25-bed Behavioral Health Center. BRH holds the following certifications:

  • The only program in Hillsborough County to be recognized by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals in three areas of cardiac care: Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, and Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • The first hospital in Hillsborough County to receive accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention from The Society of Chest Pain Centers.
  • Received the highest recognition by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, for the program; ranked three stars - the highest award given by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
  • Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
  • The Bariatric Center of Excellence award by the American Society of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
  • The Brandon Regional Hospital Echocardiography Lab has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in the area of adult transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).

In addition, BRH has enhanced its services this year with the addition of:

  • The newly renovated and expanded Women’s Center at Brandon Regional Hospital, which includes The Baby Suites, Level III NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), and new in-patient rooms for gynecology and anti-partum patients.
  • The Reflux Center, which has developed a comprehensive approach for the diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux disease by combining highly skilled physicians and the latest technology to provide effective solutions.
  • The newly renovated Behavioral Health Center a 25 bed unit which emphasizes the importance of instilling hope with group and individual psychotherapy, medication assessment, psycho-educational group, family support and education groups, and interventions designed to guide the mind, body, and spirit to recovery.
  • The Neuroscience Center and Heart & Vascular Center offer the latest diagnoses and treatment options in neurological, spine and cardiac conditions.

Brandon Regional Hospital has recently initiated a program to only perform elective deliveries at 39 weeks gestation unless medically indicated. Although this initiative is becoming wide-spread throughout the nation, Brandon Regional Hospital and HCA implemented this initiative before it became a national movement.