Structural Heart and Valve Disease

A dedicated team of cardiologists, heart surgeons and other health care professionals at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute (SHVI) in Seattle, Wash., work together to diagnose and treat structural heart disease.

We invite you to explore our website to learn about the conditions we treat, the state-of-the-art therapies we are able to offer, and the advanced imaging we use. 

What is Structural Heart disease?

The heart is a complex organ that has four chambers, a muscular wall, multiple valves, and many veins and arteries. All of these components must work consistently and efficiently to pump blood throughout the body.

Cross-section of a normal heart:

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Some heart defects may be present at birth (congenital heart disease). Other defects occur due to illness, injury and aging. 

Structural heart and valve disease is the broad term for all conditions that affect the structures that comprise the heart:

  • Chambers
  • Walls
  • Valves

Specialists in structural heart and valve disease at SHVI use the most advanced imaging to diagnose and evaluate structural heart conditions. These specialists perform highly sophisticated open-heart and catheter-based procedures to correct many different structural heart conditions, including treatments such as:

Appointments and Referrals

The Structural Heart and Valve Disease team sees patients through referrals from their primary-care providers or cardiologists. This ensures patients receive the most appropriate care. 

Patients with a referral from their primary-care provider or a cardiologist, as well as patients who would like a second opinion, may call us to schedule an appointment.

Patients may also download the TAVR Patient Checklist.

Physician Referrals

Physicians may print, complete and fax the Structural Heart and Valve Disease Referral Form (PDF).

Conditions We Treat

Patient Stories

Meet Dick & Bob, former World War II pilots who recently bonded over their shared history and stories. Both men avoided open heart surgery by getting the innovative TAVR procedure. Watch this video to learn more about these inspiring individuals.

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Why Choose Swedish

Learn about our comprehensive approach to care.

Heart Valve Disease

Find information about aortic, mitral, pulmonic, and tricuspid valve disease with TAVR, Mitraclip, and more.

Stroke Risk Reduction with LAA and PFO Closure

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Septal Defects – ASD and VSD Closure

Explore options for atrial and ventricular septal defects.

Heart Imaging and 3D Printing

Learn how we visualize the heart to plan the best approach to your care.