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Heart and valve care in Michigan

Get care from a leader in heart valve and structural heart disorders at Ascension Michigan, from Detroit to Saginaw and Kalamazoo.

As you need more complex and advanced care for the health of your heart, Ascension Michigan is ready with treatment that is right for you:

  • Experienced cardiovascular specialists who listen to your needs.
  • Care teams that work together with you.
  • Leading technologies and advanced treatment options.
  • Connecting the dots across our health network.
  • Follow-up care and rehab to get you back to your life.

Your doctor starts by listening to you, to better understand you and your health. Then, we work with you to create a personalized care plan that meets all of your heart care needs, including diagnostic tests, minimally invasive heart surgery, ongoing care and medication management, and cardiac rehabilitation.

Offering minimally invasive heart valve replacement

If you have aortic valve disease, your doctor may recommend replacing your aortic valve. TAVR may be an option for those with low, average and high-risk. This procedure, also called transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), is a minimally invasive surgery. Other health conditions and the size of your blood vessels may impact your ability to have TAVR. Although this procedure may not be an option for everyone, talk with your doctor about TAVR and other treatment options that are right for you.

TAVR can help treat aortic valve stenosis, one of the most common serious heart valve problems. Aortic valve stenosis is the narrowing of the aortic heart valve, which prevents the valve from opening and closing properly. Symptoms of aortic stenosis include chest pain and feeling of tightness with activity, fatigue, shortness of breath with activity, feeling faint with activity and rapid heartbeat.

The TAVR procedure replaces your old heart valve, so oxygen-rich blood flows in the right direction — through your heart and body. With minimally invasive valve replacement, your doctor uses a small incision. Most patients go home two days after a TAVR procedure. Ask your doctor about a TAVR evaluation to see if valve replacement or another surgical option is right for you.

Specialists in structural heart and valve surgery

Heart and valve problems can lead to heart attack or progressive heart failure, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about early treatment options. For some heart valve conditions, surgery may be recommended. Whenever possible, our network of heart specialists perform cardiac surgeries using minimally invasive techniques. Minimally invasive procedures may help shorten your recovery time and lower your risk of complications. Ask your doctor about your minimally invasive surgery options. Our structural heart teams offers many types of care including:

  • Left atrial appendage occlusion Watchman™ and Watchman™ FLX devices
  • MitralClip™ for mitral valve repair
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) and ASD closure
  • Pulmonary and tricuspid valve care
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair
  • Endovascular and thoracic repairs of aortic aneurysms (EVAR, TEVAR)


Heart valve repair with MitraClip™

When your mitral valve is damaged, it can be difficult for blood to flow from one chamber to the other. If a leaky heart valve is left untreated, your condition may worsen and lead to heart failure. At Ascension Michigan, our heart doctors specialize in mitral valve repair. MitraClip™ is a minimally invasive procedure that helps to repair your mitral valve. Starting with a vein in your leg, your doctor guides a thin tube up through your heart. Then, a small clip is attached to your mitral valve to help it close. This procedure helps to restore normal blood flow inside and outside of your heart.

WATCHMAN™ device to help treat AFib

If you have AFib, you may be at risk for developing blood clots. Those clots can travel through your arteries to your brain and cause a stroke. If your AFib is not caused by valve damage or disease, our cardiologists and electrophysiologists may recommend the WATCHMAN™ device to help close off your left atrial appendage (LAA). When implanted, the quarter-sized device acts as a barrier to prevent blood clots from leaving your LAA and entering your bloodstream.

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Get a second opinion from a heart specialist

If you have a new diagnosis or need a cardiac treatment plan, there’s a lot to think about when facing a cardiovascular health issue. Getting a second opinion provides more information about your condition and can also help you feel more confident in the doctor and the care plan you choose. If you’re looking for a second opinion, specialists at Ascension Michigan are here for you. Consider getting a second opinion if:

  • Your diagnosis or prognosis is unclear.
  • You’ve been told you have a rare or life-threatening condition.
  • You would like to explore more treatment options.
  • Your treatment options are costly or risky.
  • You want to hear an opinion from another specialist.
  • You want to find a new doctor with a new care plan.
  • Your insurance requires a second opinion.


Find a location near you

Ascension Genesys Hospital Structural Heart Clinic
1 Genesys Parkway
Grand Blanc, MI 48349

Ascension Providence Heart Institute Structural Heart Clinic - Southfield
16001 W. Nine Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075

Ascension Providence Heart Institute Structural Heart Clinic - Novi
47601 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374

Ascension St. John Hospital Structural Heart Clinic
22101 Moross Road
Detroit, MI 48236

Ascension Borgess Structural Heart Clinic
1521 Gull Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Ascension St. Mary's Hospital Structural Heart Clinic
800 South Washington Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48601

Heart care that focuses on the whole you

Your doctors, specialists and care team collaborate, working together for you and with you. Your doctor listens to understand your healthcare needs, new symptoms and goals. And all your caregivers communicate and collaborate as a team. At Ascension Michigan, your care team supports you before, during and after your heart valve surgery, to help you return to the regular daily activities and those you love. Your doctor will work with you to monitor your heart health over time, including cardiac rehab and medication management.


Financial assistance and support is available

We can connect you with resources and programs that may be able to help you and your family with options for financial assistance. Our financial counseling team is here to listen to your concerns and work with you to help find options that meet your needs.

If you are experiencing chest pain, especially in combination with jaw or arm pain, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting or difficulty breathing, you might be having a heart attack. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

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