Our Structural Heart and Valve Program is a signature service of Torrance
Memorial Medical Center’s acclaimed
Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Institute. With this leading edge structural heart disease program, we are able
to bring hope to patients whose structural heart and valve conditions
were once considered inoperable.
A key component of our Structural Heart and Valve Program is a minimally
invasive procedure called
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). With TAVR, patients who have aortic stenosis but are not strong enough
to undergo open heart surgery can receive a new heart valve. TAVR and
other minimally invasive procedures available from our expert interventional
cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, use catheter-based technology, similar
to stenting, for treatment of structural heart and valve disease.
Torrance Memorial participates in ground breaking research and is part
of the Transcatheter Valve Therapy (TVT) registry, which is focused on
monitoring safety and effectiveness of transcatheter valve therapy devices. Our
interventional cardiologists and
cardiac surgeons have performed the highest volumes in our area and are known for achieving
excellent outcomes with complex procedures. We continue to contribute
to clinical trials, testing the latest generation of minimally invasive
treatments and technologies, which are performed in our
state-of-the-art hybrid operation room.
What is Structural Heart and Valve Disease?
Not all heart disease is related to lifestyle or genetics. Some forms, called
structural heart and valve disease, relate to abnormalities in the heart muscle and/or the valves that carry
blood into or out of the heart. These problems are sometimes present at
birth (called “congenital”) or they may develop as a result
of the aging process.
Here at Torrance Memorial’s Structural Heart and Valve Program, our
interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery team performs many highly
specialized, minimally invasive
structural heart and valve procedures. Though not all procedures can be done this way, minimally invasive procedures
offer many important benefits to patients, including lower risk of complications,
less pain, less bleeding and faster recovery. This can be especially true
for elderly patients who may be too frail to undergo traditional open
Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Care
The physicians at the Torrance Memorial Structural Heart and Valve Program
work collaboratively with referring physicians, keeping them up to date
and involved with their patients at every step of the journey. Our multidisciplinary
team of doctors including interventional cardiologist and cardiac surgeons,
nurses and technicians offer integrated, comprehensive treatment. We are
proud of our affiliation with USC Keck Medical Center's Cardiothoracic
For More Information
- For more information on the Torrance Memorial Structural Heart and Valve
Program, call 310-517-4790
Need a physician referral? Call our physician referral line 310-517-4700
or view our online
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