Structural Heart Disease
We are proud to be the top structural program in Alexandria, Egypt offering services to those in need.
What is structural heart disease?
Structural heart disease refers to cardiac defects that may be present from birth or develop over time, and can include abnormalities of the heart’s structure, including its valves, walls or muscle.
When healthy, these valves open widely to allow blood to flow easily and shut tightly to avoid flow in the wrong direction. When a valve does not open properly, stenosis can occur and result in the inability of the heart to efficiently pump blood to vital organs. Regurgitation (or leaky valve) occurs when a valve does not close properly. In some cases, valvular heart disease is caused by coronary artery disease, heart attacks, hypertension, aneurysms, radiation and some drugs. Sometimes, the cause is unknown.
Historically, open-heart surgery has been the common method for treating valvular and structural heart disease; however, percutaneous valve replacement now provides a viable alternative to patients for whom conventional surgery is considered too risky—and offers the potential benefits of less scarring, less blood loss, less pain and a quicker recovery.
Our physicians are passionate about these specialty programs that offer unique, patient-centered, alternative therapies.
At Alhyatt center, our Structural Heart Disease Program has assembled one of the best teams in to evaluate, treat and provide coordinated care for patients with heart valve problems and all types of structural heart disease.
The options to treat heart valve disease include:
- Surgery—both minimally invasive and open surgical procedures.
- Catheter-based procedures.
Through a team approach, we are able to streamline your heart diagnosis to get you treated and back to health as efficiently as possible and this depends on your heart condition and its severity, our team works to develop a customized treatment plan.
Initial treatment of structural heart disease often begins with managing the condition with medications. Maintenance care involves:
- Minimizing symptoms of structural heart disease.
- Protecting and slowing the deterioration of valve function.
- Optimally determining the timing of more aggressive treatment, such as a minimally invasive procedure or open heart surgery.
List of operations:
- Mitral valve replacement.
- Tricuspid valve repair.
- Aortic valve replacement.
- Aortic dissection repair.
- Aortic dissection repair + aortic valve replacement.