Structural Heart Disease - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Structural Heart Program

Treating Valvular Heart and Aortic Diseases

Studies have shown that many patients with severe heart valve disease are under-diagnosed and remain untreated. The Crozer-Keystone Structural Heart Program is a quality-based, protocol-driven initiative to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of valve and aortic diseases.

Structural heart disease is sometimes present at birth, but can also result from the aging process or other medical problems. Examples include “holes” in the heart, leaking or blocked heart valves, and enlarged arteries.

Patients with symptoms of heart valve disease should be evaluated and managed using a Heart Team approach. Not all patients with valve disease require surgery. Medical management may aid in the suppression of symptoms, but without potential intervention the problem could continue to progress. 

It is important that patients with structural heart disease receive ongoing scheduled follow up to monitor their heart.

Structural Heart Program Team

Crozer-Keystone’s multidisciplinary Heart Team navigates the patient through the Structural Heart Program to ensure they receive proper evaluation, treatment and follow-up care. The program coordinator collaborates with the referring physician, echocardiographer, and additional physician specialists, as needed, to coordinate all aspects of the patient’s care.

Program Coordinator

Our dedicated program coordinator, who is a critical care registered nurse, facilitates communication and serves as the direct point of contact for both the clinical team and patient. She streamlines all logistics and makes sure that necessary follow-ups are conducted.

Cardiology

Cardiologists are available to help with the medical management of the patient, if needed, and collaborate with the Structural Heart program coordinator so that the appropriate evaluation is offered to all patients who meet established criteria.

Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiologists perform non-surgical, catheter-based procedures to manage valvular heart disease and aortic pathology.

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic surgeons collaborate with other physicians in the patient’s evaluation to help determine the most beneficial treatment pathway. Patients who are not deemed to be surgical candidates are assessed for various other treatment approaches.

Contact Us

For more information about the Crozer-Keystone Structural Heart Program for Valvular Heart and Aortic Disease, call (610) 447-6854.