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Structural Heart

Structural heart disease might not be something you can prevent. But the Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA providers offer several minimally invasive methods to treat it. The cardiology team uses advanced treatments like MitraClip™ to repair leaky valves and Watchman™ implants to prevent blood clots from causing a stroke. Call the office in Brandon, Sun City Center, Riverview, or Tampa, Florida, today or book a consultation online to schedule a diagnostic evaluation of structural heart disease.

Structural Heart Q & A

What is structural heart disease?

Structural heart disease describes abnormalities in your heart’s anatomy, including the chambers, walls, and valves. You can develop structural heart diseases before you’re born (congenital) or later in life.

These structural abnormalities can interfere with the blood flow to your heart and increase your risk of developing serious complications like heart failure, stroke, even premature death.

What are the symptoms of structural heart disease?

Structural heart disease might not cause symptoms in its earliest stages. However, as it gets worse, you can experience:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Lightheadedness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

Structural heart disease can also cause kidney dysfunction and swelling in your ankles, feet, and abdomen (edema).

If you have these symptoms, schedule a diagnostic evaluation today at Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA.

What are common structural heart diseases?

The common structural heart diseases the Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA providers diagnose and treat include:

Aortic stenosis

Aortic stenosis is when the valve between your heart and aorta, the main artery that carries blood from the heart to your body, doesn’t open properly.

Mitral valve regurgitation or stenosis

Mitral valve regurgitation describes a backflow of blood into the heart when the valve doesn’t close fully.

If you have stenosis, this means your heart valves thicken and become narrowed, preventing blood from flowing through.

Ventricular septal defect

A ventricular septal defect is a hole in the wall between the lower two chambers of your heart. The hole interferes with blood flow, and over time, it can become large enough to overwork your heart and lungs.

How is structural heart disease treated?

Traditionally, the standard treatment for many kinds of structural heart disease is open-heart surgery. However, advances in cardiovascular medicine offer other, less invasive choices for treatment.

The Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA cardiology experts offer several treatments for structural heart disease, including:


Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a procedure to replace the damaged aortic valve with an artificial valve.

Your surgeon places a catheter into your leg’s femoral artery and threads it into the aorta in your heart. They advance the new valve to your heart and position it in place through the catheter.

Watchman™ implantation

The Watchman is an implantable device developed by Boston Scientific Corp. It helps prevent blood clots from traveling into the bloodstream, which can cause a stroke.


MitraClip is a product of Abbott Inc., a medical technologies and pharmaceuticals firm. This implantable device goes into your heart through a catheter. The clip seals off leaking heart valves to reduce the backflow or regurgitation of blood to prevent complications.

Call the Bay Area Associates PA office nearest you today or book a consultation online to find out which treatment is right for your structural heart disease.

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