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Structural Heart Program 

The Structural Heart Team at Fairfield Medical Center is dedicated to improving the longevity and quality of life for those with structural heart disease. Our comprehensive program offers expert care, a rapid diagnosis and advanced, life-saving treatment right here in your community.
FMC The Structural Heart Team
The Structural Heart Program Team, pictured from left to right: Jeremy Buckley, M.D.; Abby Grubb, C.N.P.; John Lazarus, M.D., Ph.D.; Jason Weingart, M.D.; Jonathan Forquer, D.O.; Michael Reinig, D.O.; P. Aryeh Cohen, M.D.

What is Structural Heart Disease?

The term “structural heart disease” refers to a variety of diseases affecting the valves, walls and muscles of the heart. Most structural heart disease is the result of the normal aging process, but it can also be present at birth or result from damage caused by rheumatic fever, infections, radiation or certain medical conditions. Some of the most common types of structural heart disease include:
• Aortic or Mitral Valve Stenosis
• Aortic or Mitral Valve Regurgitation
• Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
• Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
• Ventricular Septal Defect
• Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
• Left Atrial Appendage

To learn more about these conditions, visit Heart Disease & Prevention.

Team Approach

The Structural Heart Team is comprised of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, imaging specialists and advanced practice nurses. Through expedited workups at our Structural Heart Clinic, patients can conveniently see multiple providers in a single visit and quickly complete diagnostic testing. The team then works closely with each patient to determine the best treatment plan while our nurse navigators offer guidance, support and education throughout the process.

Advanced Treatment Options

Historically, structural heart disease has been treated with open-heart surgery, which is still considered the best treatment option for many patients. In recent years, however, minimally invasive procedures - like TAVR - have revolutionized care through the use of catheters. These new procedures boast exceptional outcomes with less pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times.
Treatment options include:
• Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement (SAVR)
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
• Percutaneous Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure

Treatment options include both surgical and percutaneous procedures. Your team of physicians will help you decide which treatment is best for you.