The Structural and Congenital Heart Center

The experts from the Structural and Congenital Heart Center at Hackensack University Medical Center are dedicated to providing you with comprehensive care for the life-long management and treatment of your congenital heart disease and structural heart conditions including aortic stenosis or mitral valve prolapse.

The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)

Offering the latest breakthroughs in interventional cardiology procedures, the Structural and Congenital Heart Center’s Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) work collaboratively to evaluate your individual diagnosis, determine the best treatment plan, and help you achieve optimal health. The MDT work diligently to evaluate your diagnosis based on your entire clinical picture, with expertise and insight from not only a cardiologist and cardiac surgeon, but from the entire care team, including your referring physician.

Minimally Invasive, Faster Recovery, Better Outcome

Led by Dr. Carlos Ruiz, a pioneer in the study and treatment of structural heart conditions and congenital heart disease, the Structural and Congenital Heart Center offers you leading minimally-invasive options that effectively repair or replace heart valves, all without the need for open heart surgery. This breakthrough in the treatment of valvular conditions is a life-changing option for many individuals who were historically considered inoperable. Performed in the catheterization lab, interventional procedures such as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) start with a small incision. The interventional specialists at Hackensack University Medical Center guide a tiny medical device through a catheter to the damaged heart valve; the device is then deployed to effectively repair or replace the damaged heart valve. This approach offers unprecedented outcomes; with faster recovery and better outcomes than traditional open heart surgery performed in an operating room.

The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) at the Structural and Congenital Heart Center includes:

  • Your primary care physician
  • Interventional cardiologists
  • Vascular surgeons
  • Cardiac surgeons
  • Echocardiographers
  • Radiologists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Catheterization laboratory nursing team
  • Cardiac surgery nursing team
  • Anesthesiologists

To contact the Structural and Congenital Heart Center, call 551-996-3880.

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