Structural Heart & Heart Valve Disease

The Banner University Medical Center- Tucson Structural Heart Team provides cardiology care with minimally invasive catheter-based treatments. These specialty treatments give options for patients who may not qualify for surgical options.

Structural heart problems involve the heart valves or the tissue fabric of the heart. Sometimes related organs like the lungs or large blood vessels attached to the heart are structural problems. These may be caused by a variety of reasons – some are present at birth (congenital) and gradually cause problems in adulthood while some are acquired over many decades because of tissue degeneration. Sometimes these can also be a result of complications of heart attacks or heart muscle weakening from heart failure.

These conditions were traditionally treated with open surgical treatments but with newer advances it is possible to treat many of these problems with a minimally invasive approach. 

Adult Procedures

  • TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) 
  • TMVR (transcatheter mitral valve replacement)
  • Aortic and mitral balloon valvuloplasty 
  • Mitral clip
  • Watchman left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion device
  • Perivalvular leak closure
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure 
  • Alcohol septal ablation for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 
  • Peripheral endovascular interventions
  • Coronary chronic total occlusion revascularization
  • Complex high-risk percutaneous coronary interventions
  • Catheter-based therapies for pulmonary embolism

Additional Pediatric and Congenital Procedures

  • Patent ductus arteriosis closure 
  • Aortic coarctation repair
  • Pulmonary artery and pulmonary vein stenting 
  • TPVR (transcatheter pulmoary valve replacement
  • TTVR (transcatheter tricuspic valve replacement)
  • Complex adult congenital therapies 
  • Collateral vessel embolization

Why Sarver Heart Center and Banner - University Medical Center?

The structural heart and valve program at Sarver heart / BUMC is one of the oldest in the state with the first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) performed here in 2012. Patients benefit from a comprehensive team approach, including an experienced heart surgeon and interventional cardiologist who see each patient together to determine an individualized treatment options. These may range from completely catheter-based procedures to hybrid procedures with mini-incisions as well as traditional open heart surgery. We are also the only center in Tucson and neighboring areas to provide the full complement of advanced heart failure options including durable mechanical circulatory support and transplant options which some patients need. Our team includes a board-certified adult congenital interventional cardiologist, one of two in Arizona and the only one in the Tucson area.

Contact Structural Heart and Heart Valve Disease 

STRUCTURAL HEART DISEASE TEAM
 
Adult Cardiology Team
Phone number: 520-694-6190 • Fax: 520-694-1007
 
Pediatric and Congenital Heart 
Phone: 520-694-KIDS (5497) • Fax: 520-874-7070
 

Locations: Banner - University Medicine North and procedures at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson