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Structural Heart Disease Program

Structural heart disease refers to defects in the heart at birth or abnormalities of the valves and vessels of the heart caused by age, injury or infection. A diagnosis of a structural heart 
condition can be life-limiting if untreated. These conditions include:
  • Aortic stenosis - Hardening of the aortic valve
  • Mitral regurgitation - Leaking of the mitral valve
  • Atrial septal defect and patent foraman ovale - Two types of congenital holes in the heart
  • Atrial fibrillation - Certain patients may have increased risk of stroke from clot formation in the left atrial appendage, a small sac in the heart where blood clots may form.
St. Joseph's Health Structural Heart Disease Program provides each and every patient a comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for structural heart conditions. We specialize in treating patients with advanced and complex structural heart disease who may not qualify for conventional surgery.  Using small catheters, advanced imaging and tiny incisions, our physicians have extensive experience treating structural heart disease with minimally invasive procedures. For our pat ients, this means a quicker recovery, shorter hospital stays, better survival rates and improved quality of life.

We are able to offer our patients the most innovative treatments, including:

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR): For patients with aortic stenosis, a bioprosthetic (or tissue) valve is implanted through a catheter that is inse1ied through the groin, shoulder or directly between the ribs to replace the diseased valve and improve blood flow.
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR): For patients with mitral regurgitation, physicians insert a catheter through the groin and use a small device to clip together the leaky flaps of the mitral valve. This enables the valve to close more completely, helping restore normal blood flow.
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure: For patients with atrial fibrillation that cannot tolerate blood thinners, physicians can use catheter-based devices to seal off the left atrial append age. This can reduce the risk for stroke and eliminate the need for blood thinning medications.

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