Structural Heart & Valve Program
At Wellstar, we are healing patients with structural heart and valve disease using state-of-the-art, minimally invasive heart care techniques.
Comprehensive Structural Heart Care
The core of Wellstar’s Structural Heart and Valve Program is a multidisciplinary team of valve specialists that includes cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists, advanced imaging cardiologists and cardiac anesthesiologists. Offering one-stop collaboration between multiple specialists, our team provides timely workups and evaluations, close contact with patients and families and ongoing communication with referring physicians.
Our patient-centered approach is facilitated by a nurse coordinator who guides the patient and family from the point of evaluation through treatment and recovery. Nurse coordinators serve as a link to the structural heart care team and provide patient education, support and information related to hospital services and community resources.
Comprehensive Cardiac Care Center CertificationStructural heart procedures are performed at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, the first in Georgia and the fourth in the nation to receive the highest certification in cardiovascular care — the Comprehensive Cardiac Care Center Certification — by The Joint Commission and American Heart Association.
Conditions We TreatAs national leaders when it comes to positive outcomes with fewer complications, our multidisciplinary team of cardiac specialists work together to evaluate and care for people with complex structural heart conditions, including:
- Aortic valve disease
- Mitral valve disease
- Pulmonic valve disease
- Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
- Congenital heart abnormalities
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Treatments We Offer
At Wellstar, our cardiac team members are experts in modern heart treatments, from minimally-invasive procedures to traditional open surgery. When conditions cannot be treated with minimally invasive procedures, our cardiovascular surgeons are available to treat structural heart conditions. Surgery may be recommended to correct defects in your heart or atrial wall, or when heart valves need to be repaired or replaced.
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Transcatheter mitral valve repair & replacement (TEER and TMVR)
- Left atrial appendage occlusion (closure)
- Minimally invasive atrial septal defect (ASD) closure/patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
- Alcohol septal ablation
- Transcatheter pulmonic valve replacement (TPVR)
High-Tech Safe Surgery at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital
A new cardiac hybrid operating room at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital brings a catheterization lab and surgery suite together in one space, making treatment more efficient and encouraging collaboration between our expert providers.Learn more
John Petrick loves the simple things in life. He revels in time spent with family, reeling in a big catch and feeling the crisp wind in his face during a morning bike ride. However, for a man that enjoys such simple pleasures, John’s heart health is quite complicated. For a long time, his well-being felt like a puzzle that no one could quite figure out.Read his story