Structural heart disease refers to a number of conditions affecting the structure of your heart, including its valves, walls, chambers, tissues and major arteries.
Structural heart diseases can be present at birth (congenital) or acquired over time. Some people who are born with a structural heart condition may not even know they have it and may not require treatment until they reach adulthood and symptoms appear.
The most common type of structural heart disease is heart valve disease. Other types of structural heart disease include:
- Aortic stenosis
- Ventricular septal defect
- Atrial septal defect
- Patent foramen ovale
- Paravalvular leak
- Patent ductus arteriosus
Structural Heart Disease Treatment
At the Wake Forest Baptist Health Heart and Vascular Center, 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.