The Structural Heart Program at AU Health is comprised of a collaborative team of interventional cardiologists, advanced imaging cardiologists, and CT surgeons that specialize in the care & treatment of conditions involving the valves & other structures within the heart. 

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Repair (TAVR)
  • Mitral Valve Repair (Mitral Clip)
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure (Watchman)
  • Atrial/Ventricular Septal Defects

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement and Mitral Clip

AUMC offers minimally invasive procedures for patients with aortic and mitral valve stenosis.  Occasionally patients may be told that they are not candidates for open-heart surgery.  These procedures may be their only option for treatment.   During this procedure, a valve is repaired by implanting valve through a catheter that is inserted from the groin.  Most patients are discharged the day.

Left Atrial Appendage Closure - Watchman Device

Closure of the left atrial appendage is performed to reduce the risk of stroke for patients who have atrial fibrillation.  Occasional patients who have atrial fibrillation are prescribed blood thinners such as Warfarin.   Warfarin is a blood thinner that can lead to serious problems with bleeding.  In order to reduce the risk of stroke and serious bleeding conditions, a Watchman device can be inserted into the left atrial appendage to reduce this risk of stroke and eliminate the need for continued Warfarin use. 

Atrial/Ventricular Septal Defects

A hole in the septal wall of the heart between the top two chambers of the heart (atrial) or the bottom two chambers of the heart (ventricles) may occur as a result of a congenital defect or as a result of a complication following a heart attack.  These holes can be repaired surgically or percutaneously with a catheter inserted into the groin.