Center for Advanced Valvular & Structural Heart Disease

Cutting-Edge Structural Heart Care

The Center for Advanced Valvular and Structural Heart Disease, a Comprehensive Level I Valve Center, at the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute, is home to the region’s most experienced valve and structural heart specialists. Our team provides a comprehensive range of care that offers world-class expertise and innovative treatments. Our compassionate and multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating your heart valve or structural heart disease ensures you're given the best care in the region. Our treatment options are clinically advanced, minimally invasive, and driven by your preferences, values, and goals.

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What is Structural Heart Disease?

Structural Heart Disease refers to any problem involving the heart’s shape, valves, walls, or muscles. These conditions directly affect the heart’s ability to do its job. You may have been born with a structural heart disease condition or have developed one due to age, illness, or infection.

Types of Structural Heart Problems

  • Heart Valve Disease: The heart has four valves that can be either narrowed (stenosis) or fail to close (regurgitation).
    • Aortic StenosisAortic stenosis is a progressive condition that occurs when your aortic valve leaflets become stiff, causing the valve to function improperly.
    • Mitral or Tricuspid Valve Regurgitation (MR or TR): MR or TR are conditions where the mitral and/or tricuspid valves fail to close completely, causing blood to leak backward in the wrong direction.
  • Heart Hole Closure: Holes in the heart can cause the heart to change its shape and fail or increase the risk of stroke.
  • Atrial Fibrillation: Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is a common heart rhythm disorder that increases the risk of stroke and requires blood thinners. If you are one of the many people who cannot take blood thinners, there are options to reduce your risk of stroke.
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM): HCM is a condition where the heart muscle thickens abnormally (hypertrophy), affecting the heart’s function.

Structural Heart Disease Treatments

At the Center for Advanced Valvular and Structural Heart Disease, we are committed to finding solutions to treat any problem with your heart’s valves or structures. We use a Heart Team Approach to make treatment recommendations and give you options for treating your heart condition.

The Heart Team Approach brings groups of experts together to assess your condition and provide you with all the treatment options and information you need to make an informed decision regarding your care. Your team may include your heart doctor, your primary care physician, an interventional cardiologist, a cardiac surgeon, Advanced Practice Practitioners, and your friends and family.

Your RRH Heart Team is focused on finding the right fit for you, and we will help you determine which procedures are right for you.

Why Choose Sands-Constellation Heart Institute?

The Center for Advanced Valvular and Structural Heart Disease at the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute provides safe and effective treatment options that can improve your heart function, quality of life, and longevity. We believe that the four ‘E’s—expertise, efficiency, empathy, and exploration—will change your life for the better.

Our treatments are innovative and minimally invasive. We can find solutions to treat even the most complex cases, and we understand the need to be evaluated and treated quickly to relieve symptoms and reduce the anxiety associated with living with your heart condition. We strive to treat you as an individual and know that no two structural heart disease conditions are ever the same.

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Call (585) 442-5320 to meet with a heart disease specialist at the Rochester Regional Health Sands-Constellation Heart Institute.
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