Structural Heart Disease Treatments
When you have structural heart disease, your heart valves don’t
function correctly. This can interrupt the natural flow of blood through your
heart. There are different kinds of structural heart disease and many ways to
treat it. At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, we helped test and pioneer the
best available devices for structural heart disease.
Types of Structural Heart Defects
Treatment of structural heart disease addresses the two main types
of structural heart defects:
- Valvular conditions: Valves in your heart are narrow
or do not close completely, preventing blood from flowing with proper force and
direction through your heart. This causes your heart to work harder than it
- Congenital conditions: Some people are born with heart
conditions that may not require treatment until they reach adulthood, such as a
hole in the heart wall (septum).
Preferred Treatment Method: Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
At Wake Forest, we use minimally invasive heart surgery whenever
possible. We are able to treat many structural heart conditions using cardiac
catheterization procedures. Cardiac catheterization uses thin, flexible tubes
(catheters) and advanced imaging technology to access your heart and arteries.
We can often access the arteries through tiny incisions in your leg.
If you have structural heart disease, find out if minimally invasive heart surgery is the right option. Request an appointment with Wake Forest Baptist today.
Structural Heart Disease Treatments in North Carolina
We provide expert care and treatment for a broad range of
structural heart disease conditions. Available structural heart disease treatments include:
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