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 What is Structural Heart Disease

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Structural Heart Disease refers to conditions that interrupt the natural flow of blood through the chambers and valves of the heart. Structural Heart Disease can be the result of a birth defect or can develop later in life. The most common conditions related to Structural Heart Disease include:

  • Aortic value reguritation/insufficiency: a narrowing of the valve between the heart and aorta that prevents it from opening or closing properly
  • Atrial valve septal defect: a hole between the heart's two upper chambers
  • Aortic valve stenosis: a condition in which the aortic valve does not close
    properly, creating a backflow of blo​od from the aorta into the left chamber
    of the heart
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    In aortic stenosis, leaflets of a calcified aortic heart valve cannot open wide, blocking blood flow from the left ventricle into the aorta. Less oxygen-rich blood can be pumped out to the body, which may cause symptoms like severe shortness of breath.
  • Complex congenital heart disease
  • Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy: thickening of the heart walls
  • Mitral valve regurgitation: a weakening or stretching of the valve between the heart's upper and lower left chambers that prevents it from closing properly
  • Mitral valve stenosis: a stiffening of the valve between the heart's upper and lower left chambers that prevents it from opening properly
  • Ventricular septal defect​: a hole between the heart's two lower chambers
  • Tricuspid valve regurgitation/insufficiency: the tricuspid valve doesn't close properly, allowing some reverse flow of blood
  • Pulmonary valve regurgitation/insufficiency: the pulmonary valve is not strong enough to prevent backflow to the right ventricle

Our team can evaluate your condition and provide treatment options for you – whether this is your initial consultation or you are looking for a second opinion. Our advanced treatment options are giving new hope to patients who previously were not considered candidates for treatment due to advanced age or condition. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​