Editor: Peter M. Schofield

Minimally Invasive Techniques for the Treatment of Patients with Structural Heart Disease

eBook: US $49 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $113
Printed Copy: US $89
Library License: US $196
ISBN: 978-1-60805-684-2 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-119-9 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2011
DOI: 10.2174/97816080511991110101


Historically, patients with advanced structural heart disease have required major surgery to correct the defect. This includes, for example, patients with atrial septal defect, aortic valve disease and mitral valve disease. In recent years there have been major advances in the treatment of patients with structural heart disease using minimally invasive, percutaneous treatments. This field continues to evolve quite quickly.

This e-book outlines the current situation with respect to minimally invasive treatment of a wide range of structural cardiac defects. Each chapter covers details of a structural defect and outlines various technologies available for treating the condition. Indications for procedures as well as details of the procedures are also provided wherever possible. This e-book should be a useful reference for readers interested in minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery.


Interventional cardiology has evolved on a rapid and broad front in the last 20 years. Coronary intervention is now established with well designed and functional equipment. Some aspects of non-coronary intervention are long standing such as balloon valvuloplasty on aortic, pulmonary and mitral valves and the technology and techniques are mature in these small areas. Defect closure has developed and the treatment has become the first choice for such patients. However valve disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in our aging population and becoming a major health problem. The enclosed work considers the non surgical approaches that are available. Percutaneous aortic and mitral valve interventions are likely to be the future of the management of valve disease, as are electronic books.

Dr. Len Shapiro
Papworth Hospital


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