St. Vincent's Structural Heart Program
Your heart is like a house—things can go wrong in and around it and be repaired, but should its structure start to fail, disaster can follow. If you have structural heart disease, you don’t have to lose hope.
The Structural Heart Program at St. Vincent’s treats a variety of conditions that affect the very makeup of your heart. With a variety of innovative procedures at their disposal, our team of physicians and affiliated surgeons are here to help keep your heart’s structure strong.
The Structure of the Heart
The human heart is divided into four chambers: the left atrium, left ventricle, right atrium and right ventricle. A series of valves connect the chambers and allow blood to move through the heart and out into the rest of the body.
For all its strengths, however, your heart is still susceptible to a number of diseases that can lead to structural failure. Degenerative valves, atrial fibrillation, and mitral regurgitation are just some of the conditions that can affect the structure of your heart.
Treatments We Offer
A multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and other specialists come together at St. Vincent’s Structural Heart Program to offer you several advancements in the treatment of structural heart disease.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
We were the first in the region to offer patients who weren’t candidates for open-heart surgery hope with TAVR. In this minimally invasive procedure, your doctor replaces your degenerative heart valve with a Sapien valve using an inflatable balloon.
WATCHMAN is a quarter-sized device that acts as an alternative for patients with non-valvular AFib who cannot tolerate blood thinners. The WATCHMAN implant is designed to keep potentially lethal blood clots from escaping your heart’s left atrial appendage and is deployed once under general anesthesia in a minimally invasive procedure.
MitraClip is a minimally invasive solution to mitral regurgitation (MR) for patients unable to withstand open-heart surgery. The device is deployed through a vein into the left atrium and positioned over the leak in the valve. The clip is then advanced through the left ventricle and then retracted and closed over the leak, reducing the effects of MR and improving your quality of life.
Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)
TMVR is an option for high-risk patients who have mitral valve regurgitation and have already had their heart’s original mitral valve replaced once via open heart surgery. Sometimes, this valve needs to be replaced again. Now, instead of another open-heart surgery for these high-risk patients, an interventional cardiologist can go into the heart via catheter and put the new mitral valve into the old one.