Services

STRUCTURAL HEART DISEASE SERVICES

The Structural Heart Center provides advanced diagnostic technqiues, clinical trials and therapies for adult congenital and acquired structural heart disease.

Our team works collaboratively with each patient to develop an individualized care and treatment plan. We offer a wide array of therapies including surgical, non-surgical and hybrid (combined) approaches. 

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

In this non-surgical procedure, a team of cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists replaces a damaged aortic valve with a synthetic valve called a bioprosthesis. They guide the new valve to the heart through a catheter (thin, flexible tube) placed in an artery in the groin. This innovative procedure allows patients who are too ill or frail to undergo traditional open heart surgery to have damaged valves replaced while avoiding the risks of open heart surgery. 

Open Aortic Valve Replacement

Open heart surgery performed by a cardiac surgeon is the standard of care for patients healthy enough for surgery. 

Aortic Balloon Valvuloplasty

A narrowed aorta is widened by guiding a catheter (thin, flexible tube) to the heart through an artery in the groin and inflating a small balloon at the end of the catheter.

MitraClip

A weakened mitral valve is strengthened by the non-surgical placement of a tiny clip that holds the valve's leaflets together, allowing blood to circulated correctly.

Mitral Valvuloplasty

A narrowed mitral valve is widened by guiding a catheter (thin, flexible tube) to the heart through an artery in the groin and inflating a small balloon at the end of the catheter.

Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair

In this non-surgical procedure, a clip is guided to the mitral valve through a catheter (thin, flexible tube) inserted into an artery in the groin. The clip (called MitraClip) is used reduce mitral regurgitation (backflow of blood through the damaged mitral valves), which can lead to heart failure or heart rhythm problems. 

Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO), Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) and Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Closures

These procedures close holes between the chambers of the heart that are present from birth. Uncorrected, these holes can lead to heart, lung or blot clot issues because blood does not flow normally among the four chambers of the heart. 

Paravalvular Leak Closure

This procedure repairs a valve that has already been replaced, but begins to leak. The closure may be done surgically or through a non-surgical, interventional procedure (using a thin, flexible tube inserted into an artery in the groin to access the site of the leak).

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Cardiopulmonary Support Devices

ECMO is a special device that is located outside the patient's body that brings in oxygen and removes carbon dioxide from the blood. ECMO is used to treat patients who are experiencing heart failure (specifically left ventricular failure).

Advanced Cardiac Imaging for Structural Disease

Our technology includes 320 detector multi-slice computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and three-dimensional transthoracic, transesophageal and intracardiac echocardiography.