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Structural Heart ProgramThe Renown Health Structural Heart Program was the first integrated program of its kind in northern Nevada. Since the beginning, we've been dedicated to providing specialized care to patients with complex and progressive structural heart and valve disease. Our team of experts offer comprehensive diagnostics, advanced treatment options, leading-edge technologies and top-level expertise.
Structural Heart Disease
Structural heart disease is a broad term for any issue with the structure of the heart - including the valves, chambers and walls. It refers to defects in the heart at birth or abnormalities of the valves and vessels of the heart caused by age, injury or infection. Problems in the heart's structure affect blood flow and can lead to life-threatening complications such as heart failure, blood clots, arrhythmia or sudden cardiac arrest.
Conditions We TreatAt Renown, we treat all types of structural heart disease, including:
Minimally Invasive ServicesWhile open-heart surgery may still be the best treatment option in some structural heart disease cases, minimally invasive catheter-based treatments have made care easier on patients, with faster recoveries and fewer risks. Our experienced team specializes in the following minimally invasive services:
Leaders in Structural Heart CareOur program treats structural heart disease with a team-based approach - bringing interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, heart failure specialists, imaging specialists and more to provide the most comprehensive and personalized care. Our exclusive team consists of:
- Interventional Cardiologists
- Abhilash Akinapelli MD
- Ben Ebner MD, FACC, FSCAI
- Board-Certified Heart Surgeons
- Athan Roumanans MD, FACS
- Kimball Knackstedt DO
- Advanced Nurse Practitioners
- Stephanie Carlsen DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC
- Ashley White MSN, APRN
- Elizabeth Hassler, APRN
- Valve Clinic Coordinators
- Katie Mack RN
- Kaitlin Ghan BSN, RN
Structural Heart Providers
Patient Success Stories
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Honors and Achievements
Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Care has earned the highest rankings from the nation’s leading reporting entities. The list of accolades demonstrates our Institute’s excellence in cardiovascular surgery, cardiac intervention, heart failure, heart attack, critical care, electrophysiology services, cardiology and cardiovascular research and rehabilitation.