Structural Heart

The structural heart program is a collaborative effort involving interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons from CHI Health Nebraska Heart working together to provide innovative heart treatment solutions and the best possible outcomes for our patients with even the most complex structural heart diseases.

If you have an irregular heart beat and aren’t able to take blood thinners, call the heart care specialists at Nebraska Heart Institute. We are nationally-recognized experts in the latest, minimally invasive heart valve procedures that are more advanced than ever before, and that can be performed close to home. We can repair your heart and quickly get you back to the things you love.

Structural Heart Conditions

  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • HCM (Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy)
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
  • Septal Defects
  • Valve Leaks (Paravalvular)

Treatments and Procedures


TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that repairs a patient’s heart valve without removing the older, damaged one. A typical Transfemoral approach uses a catheter inserted at the groin and passed through the to the heart. Surgery lasts from 3-4 hours and hospital stay time is usually 1-2 days.


The WATCHMAN Device is a permanent implant that helps reduce the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). It also decreases the risk of bleeding from Warfarin use. It doesn’t require open-heart surgery and is performed under general anesthesia. Similar to a stent procedure, a catheter will be inserted in a vein after a small incision is made in the upper leg. The WATCHMAN will then be guided into the heart. Over time, the heart will grow over the implant. Typically, patients stay in the hospital overnight and recovery takes about 24 hours. The typical implant procedure time is under 60 minutes.


The MitraClip procedure is a minimally invasive treatment option that is now available for mitral regurgitation patients that are not candidates for traditional mitral valve surgery. Patients experience improvements in mitral regurgitation symptoms and their quality of life soon after the procedure. Patients are usually released from the hospital within 2-3 days.

To learn more, call (402) 328-3753.