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Structural Heart Programs Offer New Hope for Heart Patients

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 (CT scan), 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

Structural Heart Program at Our Lady of the Lake

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 Program at St. Francis

At St. Francis Medical Center, heart care is backed by some of the leading cardiovascular accreditations in the Northeast Louisiana region. For more information on our structural heart program, contact Elizabeth J. Riddle, RN, Structural Heart Coordinator, at, or Jacyln Green, Structural Heart Nurse Practitioner, at

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Structural Heart Therapies

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

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