Our heart specialists employ the full range of medical and surgical advances to treat a broad range of problems with the heart chambers, heart valves, and major blood vessels, including atrial septal defect, bicuspid aortic valve, coarctation of the aorta, heart failure, arrhythmia, and patent foramen ovale.
Medications may be used to maintain a regular heartbeat, prevent blood clots, improve your heart’s pumping ability, or lower your blood pressure.
Open Heart Surgery
Surgery may be necessary to repair certain congenital heart defects. These procedures are performed by surgeons who help establish national standards for treating adult congenital heart disease.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
Small incisions are used, when possible, to reduce scarring and pain and shorten your recovery. We may use this approach to close holes in the heart (atrial septal defects) or to repair or replace heart valves (mitral, tricuspid, or aortic).
Fix the heart without opening the chest so you recover faster and with less pain and blood loss. Catheter-based procedures include:
- Balloon valvuloplasty -- expands a narrowed heart valve
- Closure of arteriovenous malformations -- a substance is inserted in the artery to close off an abnormal connection between an artery and vein
- Stent therapy for coarctation of the aorta -- a balloon expands a narrowed aorta, and a cylindrical metal stent is inserted to keep the aorta open