Structural Heart Procedures
St. Vincent’s Structural Heart Division is able to help patients with cardiac problems such as high blood pressure, heart chamber defects and heart valve disorders by deploying cardiac assist devices in concert with cardiothoracic surgery but in a much less invasive manner.
Less discomfort, shorter recovery
Once treatable only with open heart surgery on a heart-lung bypass machine, such defects may now be repaired through procedures performed in the interventional lab or Hybrid OR, percutaneously or through the skin. This means less discomfort and a much shorter recovery for patients.
Percutaneous repair of many structural heart defects is also a good option for those patients who are not candidates for open heart surgery due to other medical factors.
Structural heart disease includes malformations of blood vessels in the heart, problems with heart valves, structural defects of the heart muscle walls and abnormal connections between the heart and the blood vessels that carry blood to and from the heart. St. Vincent’s physicians are at the forefront of treating heart problems including:
Septal defects: an opening in the septum, or wall that separates the heart chambers.
Patent foramen ovale: commonly called hole in the heart. It is a form of septal opening between the right and left atrium that has been linked to migraine headaches and strokes.
Coarctation of the aorta: a narrowing of the aorta that causes severe hypertension and may cause an aneurysm of the brain vessels that can rupture and cause extensive hemorrhagic strokes.
Congenital or acquired valve defects: these can include valves that are narrow (aortic stenosis, mitral stenosis, pulmonary stenosis, and tricuspid stenosis). Most of the time these can be initially treated percutaneously, that is, through catheters instead of open heart surgery.
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