Friday, 18 May 2018

Structural Cardiac Intervention

Structural intervention is a general term that is used to describe minimally invasive techniques for treating various heart conditions. Structural intervention procedures are able to treat patients with:
  • Conditions of the aortic, mitral or tricuspid valve which are deemed to be too high-risk for conventional major surgery (percutaneous valve interventions).
  • Holes in their hearts (atrial and ventricular septal defects) that need to be closed (percutaneous ASD/VSD closure).
  • Leaking around prosthetic valves (paravalvular leak closure)
  • Atrial fibrillation and an inability to take blood-thinning agents (left atrial appendage occlusion).
  •  Heart failure (parachute device implantation).

Imaging techniques, such as echocardiography, CT, and MRI have enabled development of newer transcatheter approaches for cardiovascular diseases.

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