Our Mission

Structural heart disease is a defect in the heart's valves, walls, or chambers. At Stamford Health, we approach any heart condition through strength in collaboration. Our focus is always on the patient and helping relieve symptoms.

We provide comprehensive care in a patient-centered environment, where our highly accessible physicians, nurses, and staff work together so patients feel as comfortable as possible.

World-class heart experts join forces to provide the very latest gold-standard approaches to the evaluation and treatment of all types of structural heart disease.

Our expert cardiologists offer a full spectrum of structural heart and valve procedures. Even if someone was previously thought to be ineligible for surgery or otherwise untreatable, we'll make sure they receive the most advanced treatments to improve your quality of life.

What Sets Us Apart

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We provide the latest, minimally invasive treatment modalities for valve repair for a quicker recovery.
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Our approach always includes collaborative care from our multidisciplinary team of physicians in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, cardiac imaging, and interventional cardiology.
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Our hybrid operating room enables our multidisciplinary team of heart specialists to provide diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the same room at the same time, thereby improving patient outcomes.

Take A Look Inside Our Lab

What To Know About The TAVR Procedure

If you have severe aortic valve stenosis, one of the most common diseases affecting our aging population, the TAVR procedure might be an option for treatment. This innovative procedure is performed on a beating heart and does not require cardio-pulmonary bypass. Another major advantage? Patients can typically go home within just a few days. Watch this video to learn more.


Some Of The Conditions We Treat


Aortic stenosis affects blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta because of a narrowing of the valve opening.


A birth defect in which there is a hole in the wall of the heart, causing blood to leak in the heart and possibly into the lung arteries.


Occurs when the mitral valve has a leak causing blood to flow back into the left atrium instead of forward into the left ventricle.

Treatments For Structural Heart Diseases

Whether considering Stamford Health for testing or treatment, our highly skilled team will always keep the focus on improving a patient’s health and symptoms. Some treatment options may include:

  • Minimally invasive procedures such as a balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV), which uses a balloon catheter to widen a narrowed heart valve, or a complex coronary angioplasty, which widens a narrowed artery by inflating a small balloon inside it.
  • Closures of holes in the heart such as atrial septal defect (ASD) or patent forman ovale (PFO), or transcatheter closure for paravalvular leak, which closes a small opening between the upper and lower chambers of the heart.
  • Coronary artery stenting, where the insertion of a stent (a tube-shaped device) helps to keep arteries open in the treatment of coronary heart disease.
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We offer an array of cardiac diagnostic testing procedures to provide accurate results and to help us come up with a treatment plan together.

Meet Our Doctors

Scott  Martin
Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

(203) 348-7410

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Arzhang  Fallahi
Interventional Cardiology, Structural Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Disease

(203) 348-7410

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Structural Heart Disease FAQs

  • How do you know if you need to see a specialist at the Structural Heart Disease Center, and what are the common symptoms of structural heart issues?
    If you experience symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, or irregular heartbeats, our specialists can help. We focus on collaborative care, relieving symptoms, and providing comprehensive patient-centered evaluations and treatments right here at Stamford Health.
  • How long does the evaluation process typically take, from the initial consultation to the development of a treatment plan?
    The evaluation process varies based on individual cases. After your initial consultation, our team at Stamford Health will work promptly to conduct necessary tests and assessments to develop a personalized treatment plan. We aim to streamline the process without compromising the quality of care.
  • What types of imaging and diagnostic tests are commonly used at the Structural Heart Disease Center, and how do they help in evaluating my condition?
    We utilize advanced imaging and diagnostic tests such as echocardiograms, CT scans, and cardiac MRI to assess structural heart conditions. These tests provide detailed insights into the heart's function and anatomy, guiding our specialists in accurately evaluating your condition and determining the most effective treatment approach.
  • Can you schedule a consultation directly with a specialist, or do you need a referral from a cardiologist?
    You can schedule a consultation directly with our specialists at the Structural Heart Disease Center at Stamford Health. Contact our office at at 203.276.8258 or email [email protected]. While referrals are valuable, they are not mandatory. Reach out if you have concerns about your heart health, and our team will guide you through the process.
  • What information should you bring to an initial consultation at the Valve Clinic, and how can you prepare for a visit?
    For your initial consultation at Stamford Health, bring your medical history, medication list, and relevant test results. Be prepared to discuss symptoms. Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible, and our collaborative team of physicians ensures comprehensive and personalized care tailored to your unique needs.

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