Our multidisciplinary team of experts work together to offer comprehensive diagnostics and leading-edge treatments for advanced and complex valvular or structural heart disease. From evaluation to treatment, this unique program delivers the best possible outcomes for each and every patient.
Structural heart disease is a term used to refer to heart conditions that develop due to age-related wear and tear, or congenital heart issues present at birth. Conditions include:
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Congenital heart defects
- Coronary heart diseases
- Heart failure
- Heart valve diseases
Patients with structural heat disease, arrhythmias or artery or vale disease may be excited to learn that they can live a mostly normal, active life without having to undergo complex, invasive diagnostic procedures of surgeries.
Structural Heart Disease Symptoms
It is important to identify and treat structural heart disease as early as possible. Conditions left untreated it can lead to heart failure and other serious complications.
Symptoms of heart valve problems can vary by individual and may or may not always be identifiable. In many cases, symptoms may worsen over time. For some, this gradual worsening of symptoms makes it hard to identify a specific issue. Other individuals may not experience symptoms at all.
The most common symptoms of structural heart disease include:
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of feet and ankles
- Chest pain
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
In addition to these telltale symptoms of heart valve problems, a physician might suspect structural heart disease if a murmur is detected during a routine physical exam and cardiac imaging test. A heart murmur produces an abnormal sound caused by irregular blood flow as a result of a malfunctioning valve or a hole in the heart.
Patients with structural heat disease may be excited to learn that they can live a mostly normal, active life without having to undergo complex, invasive diagnostic procedures of surgeries.
Coronary intervention such as catheter cardiology care has changed the game for cardiologists and heart surgeons. Catheterized diagnostic tools and other non-invasive methods allow Mountain Vista cardiologists to run dozens of tests and diagnostic procedures without ever having to perform an invasive surgical procedure.
The state-of-the-art catheterization lab at Mountain Vista uses catheter-based techniques to diagnose and treat various forms of heart disease without surgery quickly and accurately.
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Catheters are small tubes inserted into a blood vessel through a small incision and visualized under X-ray to allow assessment of cardiac function and viewing of blood vessels for blockages. Catheter-based techniques cause less discomfort and reduce recovery times for patients.
Diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization procedures are offered in one convenient location, giving patients access to the latest imaging services, equipment and facilities. Catheterization procedures include:
- Coronary and Bypass Graft Angiography
- Percutaneous Coronary Interventions
- Other interventions
- Balloon Aortic and Mitral Valvuloplasty
- VADS (Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device)
- Pulmonary Angioplasty
- Pulmonary Hypertension Assessment
- Structural Heart Procedure-Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)