Dr. Aklog introduces himself and describes heart valve disease.
Hello. I am Dr. Lishan Aklog. I am the Director of the Medical Advisory Board for EmpowHER.com. I am a heart surgeon and the Chief of Heart Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. I spent most of my career in the Northeast, including 20 years at Harvard University.
The valves in your heart can be thought of as doors between the various chambers within the heart. There are four valves in your heart and heart valves are designed to allow your heart to pump the blood efficiently in one direction. Heart valve disease occurs when one or more of the valves in your heart do not function properly, either they do not open or they don’t close properly, and that prevents the heart from being able to function as efficiently as it should.
About Dr. Aklog, M.D.:
Dr. Lishan Aklog is the current Director and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at The Heart and Lung Institute of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and Director of EmpowHer's Medical Advisory Board. Specializing in adult cardiac care, he graduated from Harvard College followed by Harvard Medical School. Dr. Aklog was a cardiothoracic resident at Brigham and Women’s/Boston Children’s Hospital, an Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and completed international fellowships in London, England and Paris, France.
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