Heart surgeons deliver care for leaky heart valves

At Ascension St. Vincent's in Birmingham, Alabama, our heart doctors and cardiac surgeons deliver specialized heart and valve care.

Structural heart and valve care in Birmingham

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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 St. Vincent's, we offer a range of diagnostic tests, including imaging such as cardiac computed tomography angiography to pinpoint leaky valves and echocardiogram to check how well your heart functions. Our doctors and care team 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:

  • Atrial septal defect closure
  • Aortic and mitral valvuloplasty
  • Left atrial appendage closure
  • Mitral valve transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER)
  • Paravalvular periprosthetic leak repair
  • Patent Foramen Ovale repair
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation

Offering minimally invasive heart valve replacement

Using tiny incisions, our heart doctors specialize in minimally invasive valve replacement and repair. Transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) and transcatheter mitral valve repair procedures may help shorten your recovery time and help lower the risk of complications.

Support services for your heart care needs

Our structural heart coordinators and heart care teams are 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 St. Vincent's 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.