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Congenital & Structural Heart Disorders

Virginia & West Virginia Heart Disorder Treatment

Specialists at Winchester Medical Center offer a range of treatment options for structural/congenital heart disorders including minimally invasive procedures for defect closures.

What is Structural Heart Disease?

Congenital or structural heart disorders include defects present at birth (congenital) and conditions such as valve disease that may develop as we age or as a result of injury or infection. Congenital defects include holes in the heart that affect the normal flow of blood through the heart and can increase the risk for stroke or heart failure.

Structural heart disorders come in many forms, and not all of them will have noticeable symptoms. Some examples include:

  • Atrial Septal Defect – A hole in the heart that divides the upper chambers. This condition can cause too much blood to flow in the lungs, resulting in high blood pressure and heart failure over time.
  • Ventricular Septal Defect – A hole in the heart that divides the lower chambers. Like its atrial counterpart, this condition causes too much blood into the lungs, forcing the lungs and the heart to work harder.

Treatments for these and other conditions are available at Valley Health’s Heart & Vascular Center at Winchester Medical Center.

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