Structural Heart

Structural heart disease refers to congenital or acquired defects in the heart's valves, wall, or chambers. While open-heart surgery has been the common method for fixing most of these problems, we now have minimally invasive or “percutaneous” options that are just as effective. Our multidisciplinary team specializes in minimally invasive treatments to replace damaged heart valves, as well as treating other common heart defects. We specialize in two advanced procedures called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and Left Atrial Appendage Closure with the WATCHMAN implant. These minimally invasive therapies provide patients with an alternative to traditional open-heart surgery.

Watch the video below to learn more about Atrial Fibrillation treatment and the Watchman Implant Procedure from Arun Raghupathy, MD, FACC.

Structural Heart Conditions

  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Issues
  • Patent Foramen Ovales (PFOs)
  • Atrial Septal Defects (ASD)
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure (for patients with Atrial Fibrillation who cannot take blood thinners).

Structural Heart Team

Our Structural Heart team is made up of a multidisciplinary group of physicians and nurses who work closely together to develop a comprehensive treatment strategy. The team consists of experts in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, and advanced Cardiac Imaging. We use specialized noninvasive testing to determine if a patient requires an intervention to repair or replace their heart valve. While open surgery can’t always be avoided, we try to use minimally invasive, catheter-based interventions whenever possible.