Structure heart program in Plantation, FL

Structural heart team

Our facility has assembled a team of experienced and compassionate physicians devoted to heart care for every patient. They are experts in:

  • Cardiovascular and thoracic surgery
  • Advanced heart failure and cardiovascular imaging
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Cardiac electrophysiology
  • Cardiac anesthesia
For more information, call (954) 370-5585, or visit or talk to your physician. For questions about the program, call (727) 588-5780 or fax 727-588-5783.

Westside Regional Medical Center is leading the way in advanced cardiovascular treatments that help save lives. We offer treatment options for patients with:

  • Any heart valve disease too narrow (stenosis) or leaky (regurgitation)
  • Heart Vessel (Coronary Artery) Blockage
  • Previous heart valve surgery with prosthetic valve failure
  • Intolerance to blood-thinning medications for atrial fibrillation
  • Congenital openings between the chambers of your heart

Structural heart disease treatment options:

Aortic stenosis

  • Surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR)
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV)
  • Medical management

Aortic regurgitation

  • SAVR
  • in some cases, TAVR

Mitral regurgitation

  • Surgical mitral valve repair or replacement (MVR)
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR); guideline directed medical therapy with Heart Failure specialists

Mitral stenosis

  • MVR
  • balloon mitral valvuloplasty
  • medical management

Failing bioprosthetic Valve in aortic or Mitral position Due to stenosis or Regurgitation

  • redo surgery for valve Replacement
  • transcatheter valve in valve Therapy

Tricuspid Regurgitation or Stenosis

  • surgical tricuspid valve repair Or replacement (TVR)

Atrial septal defect Or patent foramen Ovale

  • surgical closure
  • transcatheter closure

Atrial fibrillation With intolerance to Anticoagulation therapy for Stroke prevention

  • surgical closure of left atrial Appendage
  • transcatheter closure of left Atrial appendage

Paravalvular Leakage - post valve Replacement

  • redo surgical replacement
  • transcatheter repair

Valve clinic and testing:

The Westside Regional Medical Center Structural Heart Team is committed to providing our patients with excellent care according to best practice guidelines. As we welcome you to our valve clinic, you may undergo some or all of the following diagnostic tests in order to comprehensively tailor your treatment plan.

  • Echocardiogram - heart ultrasound
  • EKG - heart electrocardiogram
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • CT Scan
  • Carotid artery ultrasound
  • Pulmonary function test
  • Laboratory testing
  • Frailty assessment
  • Pre-operative testing scheduled within one week of procedure date (Laboratory testing, chest x-ray, EKG)

Procedural risk assessment:

Your diagnostic testing and our evaluation at the valve clinic combined with other factors (including age, height, weight, gender, other diseases) will help us to better understand your procedural risks.

Your providers at the valve clinic will take this information in order to help you understand procedural risk in both surgical and catheter based treatment options. These may include:

  • Vascular injuries
  • Bleeding
  • Pacemaker
  • Stroke
  • Death
  • Kidney injury
  • Possible conversion to open heart surgery

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

A revolutionary alternative to open-heart valve surgery for severe aortic stenosis.

Each year, more than 200,000 Americans suffer from severe aortic stenosis. Over half of those patients are considered intermediate or high-risk, which means conventional open-heart valve surgery is not the best treatment option. In the past, many high-risk patients have died within two years of diagnosis.

Aortic Stenosis Symptoms

  • Chest Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, and/or fainting
  • Swollen ankles and feet
  • Difficulty walking short distances
  • Rapid fluttering heartbeat
  • Need to sleep sitting upright instead of lying flat in bed
  • Unable to do activities that you used to enjoy

Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair / Replacement (TMVR)

A cutting edge alternative to open heart valve surgery for mitral regurgitation.

Mitral regurgitation is the most frequent valve disease in the United States. The prevalence of mitral regurgitation increases with age, affecting 1 in every 10 people age 75 or older. Patients considered to be high or prohibitive risk for conventional valve repair or replacement surgery now have a catheter based alternative.

Mitral Regurgitation Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing while walking
  • Palpitations or rapid, fluttering heart
  • Swollen ankles or feet
  • Need to sleep upright instead of lying flat in bed
  • Unable to do activities you used to enjoy

Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO)

A first of its kind, proven alternative to long term Warfarin therapy for stroke risk reduction in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

Are you or a loved one a candidate?

To determine candidacy for the LAAO procedure, the answers to the following questions should be discussed with a physician:

  • Have you been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation?
  • Are you taking chronic Warfarin (or other anticoagulation) for stroke prevention?
  • Do you have bleeding complications from these medications?
  • Are you able to tolerate anticoagulation therapy without frequent interruption?

Surgical Treatment Options

Based on your surgical risk, diagnostic testing, individual evaluation, and/or other disease process, The Structural Heart Team may recommend surgical treatment as one of your best options.

Heart valve surgery

At Westside Regional Medical Center, diseased heart valves may require open surgical intervention with our experienced cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiovascular staff. Heart valves may either be repaired or replaced, depending on the extent of the disease. In certain situations the surgeon can restore the valve to function normally by remodeling the tissue, removing stretched tissue, or sewing the edges. Prosthetic or artificial rings are used to narrow a dilated valve and to reinforce the integrity of the valve.

Heart valves that are seriously degenerated or diseased cannot be repaired. In these cases, the old valve is removed and replaced with a new valve mechanism. The new valve is attached by sewing it to a rim of tissue kept from the original valve. There are different types of valve mechanisms in two categories - tissue valves and mechanical valves.

The heart team will tailor your plan of care to your best treatment options, discussing indications, risks, benefits, and alternatives with you during consultation.

Westside Regional Medical Center is dedicated to helping you keep your heart healthy. Providing you with the most advanced medical care available in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, and helping you get back on your feet again is our top priority.