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    Structural and Valvular Heart Disease Care

    Your heart is like a house—things can go wrong in and around it and be repaired, but should its structure start to fail, a different approach is needed. If you have structural heart disease, you don’t have to lose hope. We offer treatments right here in Hattiesburg, so you can stay close to home for your heart care. 

    Our structural heart program treats a variety of cardiac conditions that affect the very makeup of your heart. With innovative procedures at our disposal, our team of cardiologists and surgeons are here to help keep your heart’s structure strong.

    Treatments We Offer

    A multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and other specialists come together at Forrest General's comprehensive structural heart center to offer you several advancements in the treatment of structural heart disease.

    Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

    We were the first in the area to offer patients who weren’t candidates for open-heart surgery hope with TAVR. In this minimally invasive procedure, your doctor replaces your degenerative heart valve with a Sapien valve using an inflatable balloon.

    Left Atrial Appendage Closure (WATCHMAN Device)

    WATCHMAN is a quarter-sized device that acts as an alternative for patients with non-valvular AFib who cannot tolerate blood thinners. The WATCHMAN implant is designed to keep potentially lethal blood clots from escaping your heart’s left atrial appendage and is deployed once under general anesthesia in a minimally invasive procedure.

    Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (MitraClip)

    Transcatheter mitral valve repair is a minimally invasive solution to mitral regurgitation (MR) for patients who may not be suitable for open-heart surgery. We’re proud to be the first hospital in Mississippi to offer this life-changing procedure. The MitraClip device is delivered through a catheter into the left atrium and positioned over the leak in the valve. The clip is then advanced through the left ventricle and retracted and closed over the leak, reducing the effects of MR and improving your quality of life. Watch a quick video from one of our cardiologists explaining MitraClip here.

    Transseptal Puncture

    Transseptal puncture allows doctors to access the left atrium, or the left side of the heart, without having to place catheters in the aorta, by puncturing the septum that separates the chambers of the heart. Access to the left atrium is commonly needed for atrial fibrillation ablation and treatment of structural heart disease.

    Balloon Valvuloplasty

    A balloon valvuloplasty is a procedure that widens a heart valve that is narrowed. During this procedure, a thin flexible tube called a catheter is inserted through an artery in the groin or arm and threaded into the heart. When the tube reaches the narrowed heart valve, a balloon at the end of the tube is inflated. The balloon then widens the valve opening.

    Septal Defect and Patent Foramen Ovale Closure

    Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is a hole between the upper chambers of the heart that didn’t close the way it should after birth. To close the hole in the heart wall, a catheter can be used to guide the placement of a patent foramen ovale closure device, which becomes a permanent implant. The catheter is initially inserted into a large vein through a small incision made usually in the inner thigh area and is slowly moved into the heart to deliver the closure device to the location of the opening.

    Alcohol Septal Ablation

    ASA is a minimally-invasive procedure performed by an interventional cardiologist in the cardiac catheterization laboratory to remove overgrown heart muscle. The procedure is used to relieve symptoms and improve functional status in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).