Heartbeat Report: Structural heart conditions

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Structural heart disease is a problem with tissues or valves of the heart.

There are valves between each of the heart’s pumping chambers and each of the valves have tissue flaps that open and close with each heartbeat. Those flaps make sure blood continues to flow properly throughout the body.

“The valves in the heart are really just pressure tissue if you will. As the presssure in one chamber exceeds the pressur in another chamber, that valve will open up. As the pressure equalizes, the valve will start to come together and as the pressure in the lower chamber starts to increase, the valve will then close. Basically, the valve is supposed to collapse together or meet togehter to create a seal,” Dr. Peter Fail from the Cardiovascular Institute of the South said.

The structural heart program at the Cardiovascular Institute of the South provides minimally-invasize procedures to treat valve disorders and structural heart defects.

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Cardiovascular Institute of the South was founded in 1983 by Dr. Craig Walker, who first established the company as a one-physician practice in Houma, Louisiana. Driven by a desire to serve and heal people in his community, Dr. Walker envisioned CIS as a leader in the development of new techniques and technologies in the treatment of both coronary and peripheral artery diseases.

Today, CIS continues to grow and expand to multiple locations striving to make the most advanced cardiovascular care accessible to a wide spectrum of communities across Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. We believe that our unwavering dedication to the CIS mission of providing the highest quality cardiovascular care has truly been the cornerstone of this successful growth.

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