Structural Heart Disease


Structural Heart Disease

A Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Treating Structural Heart Defects in Valves or Chambers

Using state-of-the-art technologies, our multidisciplinary teams of cardiac specialists are able to treat and repair structural heart conditions, bringing you relief and restoring your quality of life. When your heart valves or chambers have a defect, it may have been present at birth (a congenital heart condition) or it may become more serious over time. It is now possible for us to repair many structural heart defects including:

Whatever the origins of your structural heart disease, in time you may have symptoms that reduce your energy and your quality of life. Our structural heart team includes Heart Center cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists and cardiovascular surgeons who collaborate in the first and only program in the Mid-Hudson Valley and northwestern Connecticut to offer access to less invasive or minimally invasive techniques such as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Repair (TAVR) and MitraClip® (Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair).

Our pulmonary embolism response team consists of specialists who are in the forefront of nationwide research into the unique needs of high-risk patients with pulmonary embolism (blockage of an artery in the lungs). You have access to the first and only team with this expertise in our region, located close to home.

For leading-edge, lifesaving diagnosis and treatment of a variety of structural heart conditions, there’s no place in our region like Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our cardiac teams provide advanced, minimally invasive treatment options for complex heart conditions. In many instances, patients will find lifesaving options even if they have been previously told traditional surgery is not possible. All of this is available right here in our region.
  • The structural heart team at Vassar Brothers Medical Center is the first and only provider in the Mid-Hudson Valley and northwestern Connecticut to offer:
    • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). Our experienced team has performed more than a hundred of these minimally invasive procedures to replace a narrowed aortic valve that fails to open properly (aortic stenosis), restoring heart health.
    • MitraClip® A technological breakthrough, this less invasive procedure to repair mitral valve regurgitation is appropriate for patients who are too frail for open heart surgery.
    • Left atrial appendage occlusion device – a safe and effective device that can reduce the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation who are unable to take blood thinners.
    • Pulmonary embolism response team – cardiac specialists who rapidly initiate a set of diagnostic tests and multispecialty treatments to disrupt and remove clots.
    • Cryptogenic stroke program – a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, electrophysiologists and neurologists work together to determine the structural cause of strokes of unknown origin (cryptogenic strokes) and, where possible, close those defects with new devices that prevent clots from passing into the heart.

Conditions We Treat

Treatment and Technology