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Structural Heart Program

The Structural Heart Program Offers New Hope for Heart Patients

Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Institute's Structural Heart Program is one of the largest of its kind in the region. Performing more than 200 transcatheter aortic valve replacements and more than 50 transcatheter mitral valve repairs every year, our structural heart program is your best choice for minimally invasive heart and valve care.

Structural heart disease is a relatively new subspecialty in cardiovascular disease care. Structural heart disease refers to abnormalities of the "larger structures" of the heart, including the heart walls, valves and muscles. These abnormalities can be present at birth (congenital) or can develop later in life. These conditions are evaluated, discussed and treated using a multidisciplinary team of cardiac specialists, including cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists and advanced cardiac imaging specialists. The evaluation process usually includes multimodality cardiac imaging technologies such as echocardiography (ultrasound), computed tomography, conventional angiography (X-ray) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Many structural heart diseases were traditionally treated with open heart surgery. Today, technology has allowed for less invasive strategies to treat many of these conditions using catheter-based devices delivered via a peripheral vein or artery, usually via "groin" access.

These disease states may be referred to as:

  • Aortic valve stenosis
  • Mitral valve stenosis and insufficiency
  • Tricuspid insufficiency
  • Pulmonic valve stenosis
  • Paravalvular leaks
  • Atrial septal defects
  • Patent foramen ovale
  • Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy
  • Atrial fibrillation unable to take oral anticoagulants
  • Ventricular septal defects
  • Pulmonary vein stenosis 

Cardiovascular Centers of Excellence

Across our system, our cardiovascular centers are renowned for top-of-the-line care for every type of heart condition.

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Structural Heart Therapies

Our specialty at Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Institute is minimally invasive heart valve replacement and repair, septal defects closures and stroke risk reduction for atrial fibrillation.

Here are some common structural heart therapies we provide.

Cardiovascular Tests

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Meet Our Structural Heart Program Team

Cardiovascular Treatments and Services

Find out more about the other cardiovascular treatments and services we provide to help treat your heart condition.

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