UT Health Physicians

Congenital and Valvular Disease

Related to: Heart defect care, congenital heart disease, cardiac myopathy, ASD, atrial septal defect, patent foramen ovale (PFO)


Our comprehensive practice of board-certified cardiologists and electrophysiologists provide total care for patients with structural and congenital heart defects.

Structural heart diseases can be congenital, meaning a person was born with the heart defect, or they can be acquired, meaning the heart defect developed over time. Our multidisciplinary team has the expertise needed to accurately diagnose and provide treatment for various types of structural heart disease in patients of all ages.

Many patients with structural heart disease will require regular appointments with a cardiology team for an extended period of time. This team will closely observe and keep accurate records of every patient’s heart health, including cardiac symptom assessment, testing, evaluation, and procedures. This comprehensive history is important when physicians determine that a patient requires new or modified treatment. Treatment plans are created cohesively with the patient so that each test, medication, and procedure is individualized for every patient’s unique heart history.

Request an appointment

Please call 210-450-4888 for more information or to request an appointment.


Some of the cardiac treatments we provide include:

ASD/PFO/PDA Closure is a corrective procedure where a device is inserted in a "hole" in the walls between the different chambers of the heart where blood is escaping, instead of flowing through its normal route. The closure device is delivered through a small hole in your groin by a thin tube (catheter).

Valvuloplasty is a procedure in which a small balloon is inserted and inflated to stretch and open a narrowed heart valve to facilitate the flow of blood through the valve. Valvuloplasty is sometimes done before heart surgery can be scheduled. In some patients, this procudure works for a long period of time resulting in open heart surgery not being necessary.

Mitral Valve Clipping is the latest available technology used to correct, or reduce, a severe "leaking" mitral valve. A "clip," similar to a staple, is used to fuse the mitral valve leaflets to reduce the valve opening allowing the blood to flow through the left atrium to the left ventricle. Patients do not have to have an open-chest surgical procedure to get this done.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is an alternative to open heart surgery which allows experts to perform life-saving aortic valve replacements on patients who are too ill to receive traditional surgical replacement.