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Structural Heart and Valve Program

The Structural Heart and Valve Disease Program at Rochester Regional Health offers the latest minimally invasive and catheter-based approaches to treating valvular and structural heart diseases. These conditions typically involve the aortic and mitral valves of the heart. When healthy, these valves open widely, allowing blood to flow easily and then shut tightly, preventing the blood from flowing in the wrong direction. Structural and valvular heart diseases occur when the valves do not open or close properly. This can be present at birth or develop over time, with age. 

Our Structural and Valvular Heart Care Team

Recognized as leaders in the field, our interventional cardiologists see the highest number of these patients in Upstate New York. We work closely with experts from across Rochester Regional Health, including cardiac surgery, anesthesiology, emergency services, general medicine and intensive care to provide patients with the best possible care team and outcomes. 

We are particularly proud to be the most responsive consultation service in the region - when a referring doctor needs a consultation for an inpatient, he or she can connect directly with our cardiologist on call, not an answering service. 

Treatment Options at Rochester Regional Health

We offer the full range of interventional cardiology procedures and the latest approaches to treating structural and valvular heart conditions, including: 

Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair with MitraClip

This procedure is commonly used to stop mitral regurgitation, which occurs when the heart's valves allow blood to flow backward into the heart. During the procedure, your doctor will use a catheter (a thin tube that is guided through a vein in your leg to reach your heart) to place the MitraClip device, which allows your valve to close more completely, helping to restore normal blood flow. Our team was the first in the region to offer this approach. 

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement 

We were the first in the region to perform this procedure, which is used for opening narrowed heart valves, and the first to send a patient home the same day following a TAVR procedure. During the TAVR procedure, a prosthetic valve is carefully positioned inside your heart valve and expanded. As the new valve is expanded, it pushes your diseased valve out of the way and takes over regulating blood flow.

Contact Us

To get started with an interventional cardiology appointment at Rochester Regional Health, call 585-442-5320. 

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