Structural Heart Disease Care | Whittier, CA | PIH Health

Structural Heart Disease Care

Trust PIH Health for minimally invasive and surgical treatments of the heart’s structure, including heart valves and adult congenital conditions that were present at birth.

Conditions We Treat

Rely on the PIH Health heart and vascular team to treat heart conditions such as:

  • Aortic stenosis – Narrowing of the aortic heart valve, which slows blood flow and makes the heart work harder
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) – A hole in the wall (septum) between the heart’s upper chambers (atria)
  • Damaged heart valves – Problems with the areas of the heart that control blood flow
  • Mitral regurgitation (MR) – Backward flow of blood due to a leaky mitral valve
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) – Small hole in the wall between the heart’s upper chambers that increases the risk for stroke

Structural Heart Disease Treatments

Treatments include:

  • Aortic valve repair and replacement surgery – Treats conditions affecting the aortic valve
  • Atrial septal defect closure (ASD) – Repairs the hole between your heart’s left and right atria by using cardiac catheterization (thin, flexible tube inserted in an artery) or open-heart surgery
  • Left atrial appendage closure (Watchman™ FLX™ placement) – Reduces the risk of stroke by placing an implant into the heart to close off the left atrial appendage (LAA) and prevent blood clots from traveling to the brain
  • Patent foramen ovale closure (PFO) – Uses a cardiac catheter to insert a plug in the opening of the solid wall (septum) between the chambers of the heart to allow blood to flow properly
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) – Replaces the aortic valve through a minimally invasive catheter-based procedure
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) – Places a thin tube (catheter) into a large vein in the leg to reach the heart and place a clip implant (MitraClip®) onto the center of the mitral valve to stop it from leaking
  • Transradial cardiac catheterization – Places a catheter in an artery in your wrist instead of a vein in your groin using advance techniques to help you benefit from a faster recovery and a lower risk of complications
  • Valvuloplasty – Widens a narrowed valve to provide symptom relief and improve the quality of life when surgery is not an option due to a narrow aortic valve

Minimally Invasive Approach

Whenever possible, your doctor will recommend the least invasive treatment so you can:

  • Recover faster
  • Experience less pain
  • Have fewer complications
  • Return to your normal activities sooner

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