Heart specialists who deliver advanced care
Structural heart and valve care in Southeast Wisconsin
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 pain, shortness of breath, rapid or irregular heartbeat, fatigue, lightheadedness, and swollen legs or 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 Wisconsin we offer 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 team work together to create a personalized treatment plan that’s right for you.
Benefits of our approach to heart valve care
Compassionate heart care: Choosing a heart care team to take care of yourself or a loved one can seem overwhelming. Our experienced team will walk with you every step of the way to ensure you and your loved ones stay connected. When you choose Ascension for your heart and vascular care, you become part of the heart care team family. Our personalized approach gives you access to the highest quality care.
Experienced cardiac interventionalists and surgeons: Our team includes interventional cardiologists who have completed fellowship training in structural heart disease and cardiac surgeons with extensive experience in heart valve disease. When you schedule an appointment with our structural heart team, you will have the benefit of both a structural interventional cardiologist and a cardiac surgeon dedicated to your care.
Less invasive: Procedures that use a catheter are less invasive than open heart surgery and are typically done without general anesthesia.
Faster recovery and shorter hospital stay: Patients who have catheter-based procedures often report that they feel better sooner. Many patients are able to go home the day after their procedure and resume normal activity.
Working to help you restore your quality of life: Your valve team prepares you for procedure and provides consistent follow-up care to help you get back to living your life to the fullest.
State-of-the art facility: Our hybrid operating room at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee combines a traditional operating room with an image-guided interventional suite which can convert from a cardiac catheterization lab to a surgical room as needed. This allows our highly experienced team to provide the full range of cardiovascular care.
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 interventional cardiologists, heart surgeons and other heart specialists use minimally invasive techniques, when possible. Some of our care includes:
- Alcohol septal ablation
- Mitral valve repair (MitraClip™)
- PFO and ASD closure
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
Offering minimally invasive heart valve replacement
Using tiny incisions, our heart surgeons specialize in minimally invasive valve replacement and repair. Transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) and MitralClip™ procedures may help shorten your recovery time and help lower the risk of infection.
Support services for your heart care needs
Our heart 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 in Southeast Wisconsin 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.
Talk to our heart specialists
Our care team specializes in open heart surgery and the management of complex heart conditions.
- Brad Stair, MD - Structural Heart & Interventional Cardiology
- Noa Holoshitz, MD - Structural Heart & Interventional Cardiology
- Vijay Kantamneni, MD - Cardiothoracic Surgery
- William Ragalie, MD - Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Scott Schlidt, MD - Cardiothoracic Surgery
Valve replacement restores quality of life
For patients with shortness of breath and lower energy, TAVR, a minimally invasive surgical option may mean a quick recovery.