We are the leading center in Utah with the many years of experience in catheter-based procedures. We are the local leaders in their research and development are often the first to use them commercially.
Atrial Septal Defects (ASD), including Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) are holes or defects between the two upper chambers of the heart. If you are experiencing symptoms, your doctor may close or repair the defect.
Left Atrial Appendage Closure reduces the risk of stroke and may eliminate the need to take blood thinning medications in certain patients with atrial fibrillation.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is valve replacement without open-heart surgery.
The MitraClip device is FDA approved for patients with worsening mitral valve regurgitation whose risk is too high for surgery.
MitraClip is the first catheter-based mitral valve repair therapy available in the United States. The device is placed using a catheter from the leg and does not require a chest incision, use of a heart-lung machine, or stopping of the heart.
Our center participated in the clinical trials that evaluated this device, and we continue to evaluate its use in other types of patients with mitral regurgitation.
A ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a hole in the wall between the lower chambers of the heart, also called the right and left ventricles. VSDs may be present from birth or may develop as a complication of a heart attack.
VSDs are associated with abnormal blood flow, and if large, may be associated with shortness of breath. Your doctor may recommend closing your VSD with a catheter-based procedure.
Valve replacement surgery is common, safe, and effective in the United States. However, on rare occasion, the new surgically placed valve may separate from the heart tissue where it is sewn in place. This separation results in a "paravalvular" gap between the surgically placed valve and your own tissue.
Blood flow through this defect may cause shortness of breath and blood cell destruction or anemia. Doctors treat these defects with surgery or with catheter-based devices.
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