Helping hearts in his hometown

July 16, 2019

Dr. Faraaz Rahman’s addition to the cardiology practice at Clark Memorial is pretty special – both in the specialized procedures he can perform and in the fact that this Jeffersonville native is committed to serving his hometown.

“I really care about this community, and getting a chance to work here is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Dr. Rahman says. “I think with anywhere I would be practicing, I would be excited and want to do a good job, but being able to do it in the community you care most about is unique and special. I’m lucky to have that opportunity.”

It’s a Rahman family tradition to work in the medical field. Dr. Rahman’s mother is a retired primary care physician; his brothers are physicians; and his father is Dr. Zaka Rahman, senior cardiologist at Clark Cardiology.

“My parents very much were my inspiration,” Dr. Rahman says. “I always wanted to be more like them, so I think that led me toward medicine. I think the most important thing for a young doctor to do is learn from more experienced doctors. I would be doing that regardless of where I was, but it’s incredibly special that I’m learning from the senior cardiologist in the hospital who also happens to be my father.”

Dr. Rahman brings expertise in an emerging field of cardiology to the Kentuckiana area.

“As an interventional cardiologist, a lot of my day-to-day procedures involve coronary artery disease – treating artery blockages in the heart with balloons and stents,” Dr. Rahman explains. “But my most recent training is in the field of structural heart and valve interventions. I focus on heart valve problems, defects in the walls of the heart, that spectrum of diseases.”

In the past, a heart valve problem often meant open-heart surgery: undergoing general anesthesia, opening the chest, cutting out the defective heart valve, and replacing it with a prosthesis. Today, Dr. Rahman can offer an incredibly different procedure to heart valve patients: trans-catheter valve replacement.

“Instead of surgical replacement of the heart valve, we can put a small tube in the large artery in the leg, then place our device and new heart valve in through the tube up to the heart under X-ray guidance,” Dr. Rahman says. “It’s a remarkable new technology that has given patients equivalent results but is minimally invasive, requires significantly less hospitalization, and oftentimes avoids the need for general anesthesia. Many of our patients get the procedure one day and potentially go home the next day, and they’re actually up and walking just a few hours after the new heart valve replacement.”

Valvular heart disease is an underestimated and undertreated area in cardiology, Dr. Rahman says. That’s why he’s leading the creation of a Heart Valve Clinic that will launch soon.

“We want to have a centralized location where a heart valve patient can come and have one-stop care,” he says. “They can receive consultation by a cardiologist, any necessary imaging, or in more serious conditions, sometimes patients require cardiac catheterization or further evaluation. We want to have that all available for the patient in one location to make it easier on the patients and the medical community.”

When he is not helping patients, Dr. Rahman enjoys traveling, playing basketball, and spending time with his wife and 1-year-old son.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to come back to my hometown, and I’m really thankful to Clark Memorial for giving me the chance to work for them,” he says. “I’m really looking forward to getting involved in the community again.”

Call 812.288.4288 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rahman, or learn more about Clark Cardiology here.