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Dr. John Forrest Seccombe, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dr. John Forrest Seccombe MD is a top Cardiothoracic Surgeon. With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. John Forrest Seccombe MD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. John Forrest Seccombe MD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. John Forrest Seccombe MD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. Dr. John Forrest Seccombe MD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
29 years Experience
Dr. John Forrest Seccombe, MD
  • GREEN BAY, WI
  • Mayo Med Sch, Rochester Mn
  • Accepting new patients

Will diastolic dysfunction lead to heart failure?

Diastolic dysfunction means the heart muscle is stiffer than normal. When the muscle of the heart becomes very stiff, the pumping function suffers. The pumping function can suffer READ MORE
Diastolic dysfunction means the heart muscle is stiffer than normal. When the muscle of the heart becomes very stiff, the pumping function suffers. The pumping function can suffer to the point that pressure builds up leading to a ‘back-up’ of blood flow. That build up of pressure and back up of blood flow equals heart failure.

Diastolic dysfunction can become as serious as any form of heart failure. It is essential that your father see his heart doctor on a regular basis to assure optimal treatment of his diastolic dysfunction.

Valve repair success

A properly repaired mitral valve offers several advantages over mitral valve replacement. When compared to mitral valve replacement, successful mitral valve repair has fewer surgical READ MORE
A properly repaired mitral valve offers several advantages over mitral valve replacement. When compared to mitral valve replacement, successful mitral valve repair has fewer surgical complications, better long term heart function and improved long term survival.

The decision to repair vs replace the mitral valve depends on the cause of the valve problem and the likelihood that the mitral valve can be successfully repaired. For example, patients with the most common forms of mitral valve problems can usually be successfully repaired. However, mitral valve problems caused by rheumatic fever may not be repairable and may require valve replacement.

My philosophy is to repair the mitral valve whenever possible. This can be accomplished in greater than 90% of patients with the most common form of mitral valve problems and in greater than 70% of patients with more complex forms of mitral valve problems.