Structural Heart Disease
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STRUCTURAL HEART TEAM
Whether you were born with a heart defect or you’re experiencing valve or heart wall problems, you can trust you will receive extraordinary structural heart care from our team in the NHRMC Structural Heart Program. We use a multidisciplinary approach as we provide innovative and technologically advanced treatments for structural heart diseases.
What is structural heart disease?
Structural heart disease refers to disease of the heart muscle and anatomy of the heart. It includes conditions in which the heart’s valves, chambers, or walls have damage or flaws that alter the flow of blood. These conditions may develop before birth or later in life.
NHRMC Structural Heart Program
Talk with your primary care provider or cardiologist about a referral to the NHRMC Structural Heart Program.
Your initial meeting will be with Kathleen Jones, PA-C, MPAS, who will guide you through your evaluation and coordinate your care.
Diagnosis and Multidisciplinary Evaluation
We bring together interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac imaging specialists and electrophysiologists who work together to evaluate you comprehensively, determine your diagnosis and implement the best course of treatment for you.
We evaluate and treat a variety of structural and heart valve conditions.
Aortic Stenosis (narrowed valves)
Aortic stenosis occurs when the heart’s aortic valve narrows, preventing the valve from opening fully, restricting the blood flow from the heart.
Mitral Valve Regurgitation
Mitral regurgitation occurs when the mitral valve doesn’t close tightly and allows blood to leak and flow backward into the upper heart chamber from the lower chamber as it contracts.
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a heart defect present at birth that results in a hole between the upper chambers of the heart.
Patent Foramen Ovale
A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a small hole in the heart that didn’t close as it should after birth.
After a surgical valve replacement, some patients may develop a leak around the device as a complication. This leak is caused by a space or gap between the patient’s natural heart tissue and the surgical valve replacement.
To treat various types of structural heart conditions such as aortic stenosis, holes in the heart and heart valve regurgitation, we offer traditional open-heart surgery and minimally invasive procedures.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is used to treat patients with aortic stenosis. Through advanced technology we perform the TAVR procedure using a catheter to replace the aortic valve by typically going in through the groin via a small incision.
Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
For patients who have severe leaking of the mitral valve, we use the MitraClip device. The procedure involves implanting a device through a catheter to your mitral valve to allow the mitral valve to close more completely and reduce the leakiness.
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) closure device and Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure Device
Percutaneous Atrial Septal Defect and Patent Foramen Ovale closure devices are used for patients born with congenital holes in their heart. During the treatment, the physician threads a closure device through a catheter, sends it up to the heart where the device is inserted into the opening to plug it, closing the hole.
Paravalvular Leak Closures
For patients who have had a surgical valve replacement placed and have developed a leak around the device as a complication, the paravalvular leak closure device stops the leak by working as a plug to close a hole or gap that has formed next to where the valve replacement was placed.
Atrial fibrillation, also called AFib, is the most common type of arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). Having AFib can increase your risk for stroke.
Your provider may reduce your stroke risk by prescribing blood thinners.
The NHRMC Structural Heart Program offers a minimally invasive left atrial appendage closure (WATCHMAN®) procedure to reduce risk for certain patients with AFib who are not good candidates for long-term use of blood-thinning medications.
To prevent blood clots in the left atrial appendage from entering the blood stream and increasing risk of stroke, we close the left atrial appendage with a device called WATCHMAN®.
Learn more about NHRMC’s expert treatment of arrhythmias.