Structural Heart Program at Premier Health

What is Structural Heart Disease?

SH Steth incontentStructural heart diseases involve the heart’s anatomy or “structures” — valves, chambers, walls, and pockets. When the heart’s parts are not shaped correctly or damaged, blood flow can be altered, and major complications such as stroke, heart failure, or sudden cardiac arrest can follow. Some of these conditions are present from birth, while others can be acquired later in life.

It’s been estimated that one in eight individuals 75 years or older have a moderate to severe structural disease - yet, awareness is alarmingly low. Structural heart diseases include valves that don’t open and close properly (aortic stenosis or mitral valve regurgitation), abnormal openings between heart chambers (ventricular septal defect), or an open pocket in the upper left chamber of the heart (left atrial appendage) that can increase stroke risk for certain patients with atrial fibrillation. Unfortunately, most of these diseases are progressive — making symptoms more severe and complications more likely as we age.

Our Structural Heart Team

Your heart health is our top priority. At Premier Health, our cardiologists, structural heart specialists, electrophysiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists and other specialists have joined forces and created a partnership approach to provide exceptional care focused on getting patients back to the lives they love. Our team includes advanced practice providers (APP) such as nurse practitioners (NP), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), and physician assistants (PA) who work closely with patients and families - from clinical evaluations to recovery.

Together, our team combines years of education, training, and experience with advanced medical techniques and sophisticated technologies in a patient-centered environment. Shared decision-making with open communication between team members, patients and their families, and referring health care providers are important keys to our positive patient outcomes.

Innovative Structural Heart Services provided by Premier Health

SHP Treatment 2 in contentUntil recently, the only way to treat moderate to severe structural heart disease was with open-chest surgery. Since the creation of our Structural Heart Program, we are proud to be the first in Dayton to bring many recently approved medical advancements using minimally-invasive procedures and catheter-based interventions to our community.

Some of the therapies we offer to treat structural heart disease have been recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Off Site Icon and are currently limited to select groups of patients. Please speak with your health care provider or one of our team members to learn more.

Don’t Give Your Heart to Anyone. Trust Premier Health

The Structural Heart Program’s innovative technologies and techniques are designed to provide quality care for positive patient outcomes — with fewer complications, shorter recoveries, and long-lasting benefits. We welcome patients seeking second opinions on their heart disease treatment options.

If you or a loved one would like more information about the many services our Structural Heart Program offers, please call (937) 499-7427(937) 499-7427.

Content Updated: January 4, 2019

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