A structural heart condition refers to a problem within the heart’s valves and chambers. Structural heart conditions can be the result of a birth defect or they can develop from rheumatic fever, illness, pregnancy, or lifestyle wear and tear.
When the heart has a structural defect, blood is not pumped through the chambers correctly. As a result, it does not reach the rest of the body.
This can lead to:
Our structural heart disease program offers several surgical options. Your cardiologist and surgeon will help you choose the procedure that is best for you.
Most structural heart procedures require a weeklong hospital stay, including several days in one of our specialized care units.
When you leave the hospital, you will attend cardiac rehabilitation to help you regain your strength and independence.
People who are not candidates for heart surgery may benefit from a non-surgical structural repair. Cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons at MUMC work together to offer these procedures.