Advanced care for leaky heart valves

At Ascension Michigan, our heart doctors and cardiac surgeons deliver specialized heart and valve care for you.

Structural Heart and Valve Care in Michigan

For more information, call 866-501-3627, or request an appointment below.

Your heart has four valves that pump blood throughout your body. When a valve, chamber or the wall of the heart is damaged, it's called structural heart disease. Symptoms may include chest pains, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, lightheadedness, fatigue, swollen ankles and feet.

Some adults are born with a heart defect that worsens with age. Heart damage can be caused by infections, radiation therapy and inflammatory conditions like lupus or rheumatic fever. Our cardiologists monitor risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol and blood pressure to help prevent heart valve damage.

At Ascension Michigan cardiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating heart valve disease and heart muscle damage.At Ascension Michigan, we provide a range of diagnostic tests, including imaging to pinpoint leaky valves and cardiac ultrasound (echo) to check how well your heart functions. Our doctors and care teams work together to create a personalized treatment plan that’s right for you.

Specialists in structural heart and valve surgery

Heart and valve problems can cause heart attack or progressive heart failure. That’s why our team is ready to deliver emergency care when you need it most. Our network of heart specialists perform cardiac surgeries using minimally invasive techniques when possible. Some of our care includes:

  • Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (thickening of the heart muscle)
  • Irregular heart rhythm disorders (AFib)
  • Left atrial appendage occlusion (Watchman)
  • MitraClip™ for mitral valve repair
  • Pulmonary and tricuspid valve care
  • Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR)
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Offering minimally invasive heart valve replacement

We specialize in medication therapy and minimally invasive procedures to treat heart muscle damage. Transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) may help shorten your recovery time and lower the risk of infection.

Support services for your heart care needs

Our care team is here to support you before, during and after your surgery. We monitor your physical and emotional health and provide cardiac rehab and medication management.

At Ascension Michigan, we treat various stages and types of heart valve disease. We know every person is different. That’s why we listen to you to better understand your health needs. We work with you to provide compassionate heart care, close to home.

For more information or to request an appointment:

Ascension Genesys Hospital Structural Health Clinic - Please call Sharon Zielinski at 810-606-5567 or email

Ascension Providence Heart Institute Structural Heart Clinic at Southfield or Novi - Please call Nicole Zakhem, Nurse Practitioner, at 248-849-3583.

Ascension St. John Hospital Structural Heart Clinic - Please call Patrick Troy, Nurse Practitioner and Valve Clinic Coordinator at 313-343-4886 or email

Ascension Borgess Structural Heart Clinic - Please call Michelle Miller, Nurse Practitioner, Borgess Heart Institute Office at 269-226-5050 or email

Ascension St. Mary's Hospital Structural Heart Clinic - Please call Brandi Horgan, RN, Structural Heart Nurse Navigator at 989-907-8080 or email