The Structural Heart Disease Center and Valve Clinic
What is structural heart disease?
Structural heart disease is a defect in the heart's valves or chambers.
Structural heart disease can cause symptoms that leave you with little energy. At the Heart and Vascular Institute’s (HVI’s) Structural Heart Disease Center and Valve Clinic, we approach your structural heart disease and valve disorders head-on through strength in collaboration. Here, world-class heart experts join forces to bring you 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 you were previously thought to be ineligible for surgery or otherwise untreatable, we'll make sure you receive the most advanced treatments to improve your quality of life.
For your convenience, we evaluate and treat you right at Stamford Health. We provide this comprehensive care in a patient-centered environment where our highly accessible physicians, nurses and staff do their utmost to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
Why Choose Us
- We provide you with the most advanced minimally invasive treatment modalities for valve repair, even if you were previously thought to be untreatable.
- A multidisciplinary team of specialty physicians in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, cardiac imaging, and interventional cardiology.
- Our Hybrid OR enables our multidisciplinary team of heart specialists – cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists and radiologists- to provide diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the same room at the same time, thereby improving our efficiency and patient outcomes. The room has leading-edge radiological imaging combined with the safety and resources of an operating room.
Treatment options for structural heart disease include:
- Balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV): Minimally invasive procedure that uses a balloon catheter to widen a narrowed heart valve in order to improve blood flow.
- Closure of atrial septal defect (ASD)
- Closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO)
- Complex coronary angioplasty: Minimally invasive procedure to open a narrowed artery by inflating a small balloon inside the artery to widen the vessel and increase the blood flow to the heart.
- Coronary artery stenting: The insertion of a stent (a tube-shaped device) to keep arteries open in the treatment of coronary heart disease.
- Left main coronary angioplasty: Minimally invasive procedure to open the left main coronary artery.
- Valvuloplasty: Minimally invasive procedure to treat aortic and mitral valve stenosis (narrowing of the valves).
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR): An innovative minimally invasive procedure in which the aortic valve is replaced without open surgery.
- Transcatheter closure for paravalvular leak: A procedure to close a small opening between the upper and lower chambers of the heart around the outside of a heart valve.