Structural heart disease pertains to defects in the heart’s valves, wall or chambers. Structural heart defects can be congenital (present from birth) or develop over time. Common structural defects that develop over time can include disorders such as aortic stenosis and mitral valve prolapse.

Until recently, open-chest (open heart) surgery has been the traditional method for treating structural heart disease and valvular disorders. Today, catheter-based valve replacement offers a less invasive alternative to patients for whom traditional surgery is considered moderate to high risk. Additionally, a less-invasive treatment approach offers benefits such as reduced pain, quicker recovery and a shortened hospital stay. Heart Hospital of Austin’s structural heart program provides innovative, multi-specialty care for patients with advanced and complex valvular and structural heart disease. A specialized team of cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists work together to ensure the best evaluation and treatment plan for each patient.

Conditions Treated:

  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Aortic, Mitral, and Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital and acquired Ventricular Septal Defects
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAA)
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
  • Paravalvular Leaks
  • Heart Murmur
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Constrictive Pericarditis

Procedures Performed:

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • MitraClip
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement (TMVR/R)
  • Alcohol Septal Ablation for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Catheter-Based Closure of atrial septal defects
  • Catheter-Based Closure of Ventricular Septal Defects
  • Catheter-Based Closure of Valve Leaks in High-Risk or Inoperable Patients
  • Hybrid Approaches to Combined Coronary and Valvular Heart Disease
  • Mitral and Aortic Valvuloplasty
  • Percutaneous closure of:
    • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
    • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
    • Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Paravalvular Leak Repair

Our team of interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons treat myriad structural heart conditions and offer numerous therapy options.