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Structural Heart Disease Program at OhioHealth

Pioneers In the Use of Minimally Invasive Procedures

Structural heart disease refers to defects in the heart at birth or abnormalities of the valves and vessels of the heart caused by age, injury or infection. A diagnosis of a structural heart condition can be life-limiting if untreated.

The OhioHealth Structural Heart Disease Program provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatments for patients with structural heart conditions. We specialize in treating patients with advanced and complex structural heart
disease who may not qualify for conventional surgery.

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Structural Heart Conditions

  • Aortic stenosis — Hardening of the aortic valve
  • Mitral regurgitation — Leaking of the mitral valve
  • Atrial septal defect and patent foraman ovale — Two types of congenital holes in the heart
  • Left atrial appendage — A small sac in part of the heart that can cause strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation

OhioHealth Structural Heart Disease Clinics

Located at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, the OhioHealth Structural Heart Disease Clinics give patients access to a team of structural heart experts who work together to fully evaluate each patient and determine the best therapy.

During your visit to the clinic, you will receive lab work, cardiac imaging and other diagnostic testing as well as meet with one of our experienced physicians to discuss your specific structural heart condition and treatment options — scheduled on the same day for your convenience.

Advanced Treatments

Using small catheters, advanced imaging and tiny incisions, our physicians have extensive experience treating structural heart disease with minimally invasive procedures. For our patients, this means a quicker recovery, shorter hospital stays, better survival rates and improved quality of life.

We are able to offer our patients the most innovative treatments, including:

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR): For patients with aortic stenosis, a bioprosthetic (or tissue) valve is implanted through a catheter that is inserted through the groin, shoulder or directly between the ribs to replace the diseased valve and improve blood flow.
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR): For patients with mitral regurgitation, physicians insert a catheter through the groin and use a small device to clip together the leaky flaps of the mitral valve. This enables the valve to close more completely, helping restore normal blood flow.
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure: For patients with left atrial appendage, physicians can use catheter-based devices to seal off the appendage. This can reduce the risk for stroke and eliminate the need for blood-thinning medications.

OhioHealth physicians were among the first in the nation to perform TAVR procedures and have some of the best outcomes because of their extensive experience.