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If you have a condition that involves the heart’s structure, it can leave you feeling tired and short of breath. At the Center for Structural Heart Disease at Henry Ford Hospital, our heart experts offer minimally invasive treatments that fix the problem and relieve your symptoms. Our goal is to help you achieve your best health.
Our heart team is known across the country and around the world for our superior care for structural heart conditions. When you come to Henry Ford, you can expect:
Our interventional cardiologists lead the field in minimally invasive procedures with excellent outcomes. We have a depth of expertise in procedures that use a catheter (thin, flexible tube with micro instruments) inserted through a blood vessel to access the heart.
Since 2012, our team has helped hundreds of people who have structural heart conditions that can lead to serious complications. We’re committed to helping our patients reduce the risk of complications and relieve their symptoms for an improved quality of life. Our minimally invasive procedures include:
Many people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) have an increased risk for stroke because they cannot take anti-coagulants (blood-thinning medications). AFib is an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) that causes blood to pool in the heart, particularly in the left atrial appendage (LAA). The LAA is a small pouch that extends from the left atrium (upper left heart chamber).
The slow-moving blood can develop clots, which can pass through the bloodstream to the brain, where they may cause a stroke. Find out more about how atrial fibrillation affects your risk of stroke.
By closing off the LAA, we can reduce the risk of stroke. We offer 2 catheter-based procedures to permanently close the LAA:
Certain structural heart conditions that can lead to stroke are congenital, meaning that they occur during fetal development, or develop shortly after birth. Two such conditions, which result in holes in the heart, are:
Both of these conditions result in a hole between the atria, which can allow oxygen-rich blood to flow from the left atrium into the right atrium. If you have an ASD or PFO, you are at a higher risk for stroke due to blood clots. Read more about these heart conditions that lead to stroke.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a genetic (inherited) condition that develops when parts of the heart muscle become abnormally thick. It usually occurs in the septum and the left ventricle. Learn more about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and its complications, including arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death.
At Henry Ford, our physicians have nearly 20 years of experience in performing alcohol septal ablation, a minimally invasive treatment for HCM. During this cardiac catheterization procedure, the physician:
As the heart muscle heals, the affected tissue shrinks to a more normal size. The procedure opens up the left ventricle, resulting in better blood flow through the heart.
Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure that affects the right side of the heart and the pulmonary (lung) arteries. These arteries carry blood from your heart to your lungs to pick up oxygen to send to the rest of the body. If left untreated, pulmonary hypertension can lead to enlargement of the heart, arrhythmia and blood clots.
The Center for Structural Heart Disease is one of few programs in the country that offers catheter-based atrial septostomy, a lifesaving treatment for pulmonary hypertension. In this minimally invasive procedure:
Our interventional cardiologists are experts in treating diseases related to the heart’s structure. Among the many conditions we treat are:
At the Center for Structural Heart Disease at Henry Ford Hospital, you can expect the most advanced care from internationally known specialists in heart valve disease. We’re dedicated to providing the best possible outcomes for your health, with a compassionate touch. Learn more about what to expect throughout your care journey.