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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.

When you need advanced care for heart and valve disease, a team of experienced specialists with Ascension Michigan delivers advanced diagnostics and valve disease imaging, personalized therapeutic and surgical treatment and rehabilitation support:

  • Leading technologies and advanced treatment options
  • Minimally invasive catheter-based surgery, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Follow-up care and rehab to get you back to your life

Ascension Michigan is nationally recognized for cardiovascular care. We have multidisciplinary care teams dedicated to caring for your heart. Your care team brings together the expertise of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac interventionists, and cardiac imaging specialists to diagnose and treat complex heart valve disease. Our heart and vascular specialists and surgeons are part of a national team and trained in the latest heart care testing, treatment and procedures.

Your doctor starts by listening to you, to better understand you and your symptoms. Your doctor may recommend advanced diagnostic testing. Then, your doctor works with you to create a personalized care plan that may include ongoing care and medication management, therapeutic treatment, heart surgery, and cardiac rehabilitation.

Minimally invasive heart valve replacement

If you have aortic valve disease, your doctor may recommend replacing your aortic valve. For those considered at risk for open-heart surgery due to age, previous heart surgery, stroke or other chronic conditions, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) may be an option. This procedure, also called transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), is a minimally invasive surgery. Our nationally recognized heart program is the leader throughout Michigan in minimally invasive heart valve procedures.

TAVR can help treat aortic valve stenosis, one of the most common 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, fatigue, rapid heartbeat and feeling faint, chest tightness, and shortness of breath with activity.

During the TAVR procedure, your heart valve is replaced, so oxygen-rich blood can flow in the right direction — through your heart and body. Ask your doctor about a TAVR evaluation to see if valve replacement 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 when you receive your diagnosis. For some heart valve conditions, surgery may be recommended. And whenever possible, minimally invasive techniques will be used. Minimally invasive procedures may help shorten your recovery time and lower your risk of complications.

  • Left atrial appendage occlusion Watchman™ and 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)

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Repair leaky heart valves with MitraClip™

When your mitral valve is damaged, it can be difficult for blood to flow from one chamber to the other. If the mitral valve does not close completely, blood can leak backward inside your heart. This condition is called mitral regurgitation. With the MitraClip™ procedure, your doctor inserts a thin tube into your leg and moves the tube up through your heart. Then, a small clip is attached to your mitral valve to help it close. MitraClip™ 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.

Get a second opinion from a heart valve specialist

Get the confidence and peace of mind that your doctor and cardiovascular care plan are right for you. It's easy to get a second opinion with Ascension Michigan. We can review your medical records and healthcare history to answer your questions and discuss options. Talk with one of our doctors about a personalized heart care plan.

When you are facing a new diagnosis or are deciding on a surgical or therapeutic treatment plan, there’s a lot to think about. If you are looking for a second opinion for advanced heart care, our cardiologists can also connect you with the right specialists for minimally invasive surgery, including TAVR, MitraClip™, WATCHMAN™ and ablation. Our heart and vascular specialists can provide a second opinion, based on our experience and as part of a national care team.

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered. We can request your medical records on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.





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 Ave.
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 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601

Heart care that focuses on the whole you

Your specialists and care team collaborate, working together for you and with you. Every appointment with your doctor starts with a conversation about any new symptoms, concerns or questions. Your care team with Ascension Michigan supports you before, during and after your heart valve procedure to help you return to the regular daily activities you love. Your doctor works with you to monitor your heart health over time, including connecting you with cardiac rehab and helping manage your medications to make sure they are working well for you.