Structural Heart Conditions & Treatments

Structural heart diseases are conditions that affect the heart’s anatomy—including the valves, chambers, and walls. In some people, parts of the heart do not develop properly before birth (congenital heart diseases). Other structural heart diseases occur later in life due to an illness, infection, aging, or another heart condition.

Problems in the heart’s structures affect blood flow through the heart and to the body. This can lead to life-threatening complications such as blood clots, heart failure, arrhythmia, or sudden cardiac arrest.

If you or a loved one has a structural heart condition, the heart care teams at UnityPoint Health have extensive training and experience using the latest diagnostic methods and treatments for structural heart disease. These treatments will be personalized to your needs to help you feel better and live longer.

Structural Heart Treatments

UnityPoint Health offers exceptional care for people with the entire spectrum of structural heart diseases. Our interventional cardiologists and other specialists have expertise in the most advanced diagnostic procedures and treatments. A few of these include:

  • TAVR: A minimally invasive heart procedure to replace a thickened aortic valve that can't fully open
  • Watchman™: A device used to reduce the risk of blood clots, stroke and reliance on blood thinners for those with an irregular heartbeat
  • MitraClip™: A device used in a minimally invasive procedure to repair mitral valves