Innovative, Collaborative Care for Structural Heart Disease
Structural heart diseases are defects in the heart’s valves, wall or chambers. These diseases can be congenital or develop with age.
The Valve and Structural Heart Program at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute provides innovative, collaborative care for patients with advanced and complex structural heart disease. Our program specializes in interventional treatments and our multidisciplinary team offers comprehensive care from evaluation to treatment.
Previously, open heart surgery was the only intervention to treat structural heart disease. However, with advances in technology, we are now able to offer patients who are at high or intermediate risk for surgery other options to treat their heart disease, using a catheter-based procedure without general anesthesia.
Our cutting-edge cardiac research brings new techniques and treatments directly from the lab to the patient. Since 2012, we have performed more than 500 transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures ; since 2016, we have performed more than 30 procedures using the MitraClip device; and since 2017, we have performed more than 60 implants using the Watchman device.
At the Valve and Structural Heart Program, our team of experts are experienced in these innovative catheter-based procedures for replacing previous surgically implanted valves. We frequently take part in ongoing clinical trials, including the TAVR low risk trial and Bicuspid trial.