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Structural and Valvular Heart Disease

Structural heart disease means you have abnormalities in your heart muscles, valves or major blood vessels. These defects can affect heart function and blood flow. Structural heart disease can be present at birth or develop later in life because of injury, infection or aging.

How can the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center help?

Structural Heart Program

Our Structural Heart Program evaluates and treats specific anatomical heart issues using:

  • Left atrial appendage occlusion to reduce risk of stroke
  • Patent foramen oval (PFO) and atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
  • Alcohol septal ablation to treat an abnormal thickening of the heart muscle

Valve Clinic

The Valve Clinic evaluates and treats valvular heart disease related to both the aortic and mitral valve. We offer these procedures:

  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for treatment of aortic stenosis
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair
  • Mitral valve commissurotomy for mitral valve stenosis
  • Paravalvular leak closure
  • Advanced surgical mitral valve repair and mitral and aortic valve replacement

For more information about our Valve Clinic, call 320-293-0750 or email us.

Why choose us?

  • CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center is one of only a few sites in Minnesota that offers a comprehensive Structural and Valvular Heart Disease program with multiple treatment options and procedures. We are centrally located for your convenience.
  • Our full service program provides a range of services, from medical management to surgery, to oversee your care from start to finish.
  • We are able to treat advanced and complex structural heart disease because of our advanced technology and depth of our heart care team, including specially trained cardiologists, surgeons, advanced practice providers and nurses. Additional team members may come from the cath lab, surgery, imaging and other departments to provide the best possible outcomes.

Meet our Team - Structural Heart Providers:

Nathaniel Castro, MD

Nathaniel Castro, MD
Cardiovascular Surgery

Daren Danielson, MD

Daren Danielson, MD
Surgery, Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery)

Thom Dahle, MD

Thom Dahle, MD
Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology

Jacob Dutcher, MD

Jacob Dutcher, MD
Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology

Wade Schmidt, MD

Wade Schmidt, MD
Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology

Brian Stegman, MD

Brian Stegman, MD
Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Internal Medicine

John Teskey, MD

John Teskey, MD
Cardiovascular Surgery