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The Structural Heart & Valve Disease Program at Brookwood Baptist Health

The Structural Heart and Valve program at Brookwood Baptist Health delivers a highly-personalized, innovative approach to treating heart valve disease and structural heart conditions.

A structural heart and valve disease diagnosis can be scary. But cutting-edge treatment options at Brookwood Baptist Health mean a healthier heart is within reach. From a better quality of life and reduced symptoms, to a potentially longer life, and less work for your heart muscle – you have everything to gain.

Brookwood Baptist Health offers treatment for Structural Heart & Valve disease at three convenient locations: Brookwood Baptist Medical Center (Homewood, AL), Princeton Baptist Medical Center (Birmingham, AL) and Shelby Baptist Medical Center (Alabaster, AL). Our program utilizes the Heart Team approach, bringing together specialists from cardiology, endovascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, interventional radiology and advanced cardiovascular imaging. With so many ways to treat heart disease – in clinic, the cath lab, or in the operating room – the Heart Team approach means patients receive an individualized plan for care.

The Structural Heart & Valve program treats a range of conditions affecting the Aortic, Mitral and Tricuspid Valves, as well as the structure of the heart.

‘Structural heart disease’ covers a large variety of heart conditions that aren’t generally related to coronary disease and refers to both valvular heart disease and any defect within the heart. Many defects can be repaired percutaneously via catheter, instead of through open-heart surgery.

An Alternative to Open Heart Surgery

When a leaky mitral valve slowed Betty Summerford down, and open-heart surgery wasn’t an option, the minimally invasive MitraClip procedure gave her back her quality of life.

A video discussing an alternative to open heart surgery

The Team

Structural heart and valve disease decision-making is often highly complex requiring close collaboration between our specialists, including imaging specialists, structural interventionalists and cardiac surgeons.

The “Heart Team” approach means team members meet with patients during clinic visits to develop a patient-centered, comprehensive plan, including the latest treatment options.

A highly trained team of specialists from multiple heart and vascular specialties at Brookwood and Princeton, work together with patients on a care plan. Depending on the hospital, the care team may include cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, cardiac imaging specialists, as well as access to a nurse before, during and after the procedure, plus ongoing education.

Patient Testimonials

KATHLEEN GLOVER, MitraClip patient, December 2015
Everything was wonderful, including all the doctors, nurses and the structural heart and valve team. If you had seen me before surgery, and then after, you would not have known me. I feel so much better, and the experience was wonderful.

JOHN NORRIS, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) patient, October 2015
I have done better after this surgery than any other surgery. If you have to have it done, this is the way to go. My wife says I look younger, everybody does, I look like I used to... it’s amazing.

DOROTHY PURVIS, MitraClip patient, November 2015
It was a good experience–the hospital gave me lots of attention, and I felt at home there. Princeton was great!

Structural Heart and Valve

BILLY PEARSON, TAVR patient, Tuscaloosa, AL

When open heart surgery wasn't an option, Billy found a solution at Princeton's Structural Heart & Valve Center.
Billy Pearson's Story; an image of his hands