Structural Heart Program

The Structural Heart Program at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital uses the least invasive therapies to perform complex and effective structural heart and valve repairs. Procedures include:

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) - a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to replace a diseased and restricting aortic valve with a new valve.
  • MitraClip - a minimally invasive procedure used to treat leakiness or “regurgitation” of the mitral valve.

At St. Joseph Health, our heart specialists provide treatments that reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with cardiovascular procedures.

TAVR is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to replace a diseased and restricting aortic valve with a new valve. You can rest easy knowing your cardiovascular surgeons at Santa Rosa Memorial are using the latest in cardiovascular technology and surgical equipment to guide their practice and reduce the risk of complications during your procedure.

These low-risk procedures, such as TAVR, are provided by our teams of cardiologists, heart surgeons and specialists with expertise in valve disease.

  • Bob's Story
    Returning to regular activity was "almost spontaneous" for Bob Santos after receiving the minimally invasive TAVR procedure at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital's Heart and Vascular Institute.
  • Ernie's Story
    “There was a ray of hope when I learned I could have this procedure… instead of open-heart surgery.”

The surgeons at the The Norma and Evert Pearson Heart and Vascular Institute are experts in performing the MitraClip procedure.

MitraClip is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat leakiness or “regurgitation” of the mitral valve. When the heart pumps, the mitral valve ensures that all blood moves forward into the body. Mitral regurgitation occurs when the heart’s mitral valve does not close tightly, causing blood to flow backward or “leak” in the heart. This can lead to buildup of fluid in the lungs and cause severe symptoms including:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue with exertion
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation
  • Heart failure
Benefits include:
  • Reduction in heart failure-related hospitalizations
  • Minimally invasive - does not require opening the chest and temporarily stopping the heart
  • Effective for high-risk patients who previously had no options
  • Expedited recovery and reduced scarring when compared to open heart surgery