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Structural Heart Disease Program

Structural heart disease is an abnormality of the heart that does not affect the blood vessels in the heart.

Many structural heart conditions are congenital (present at birth), but these abnormalities can also form later in life due to wear and tear from aging, infection, or as a result of another condition.

Our Mission

The Structural Heart Disease Program is part of the University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for all patients.

Conditions We Treat

  • Atrial septal defects (ASD)
  • Heart valve disease
    • Abnormalities of other valves
    • Aortic stenosis
    • Damaged artificial valves
    • Mitral regurgitation
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Left atrial appendage occlusion
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO)
  • Prosthetic valve paravalvular leaks
  • Ventricular septal defects (VSD)


Evaluation Process

  • The goal of the Structural Heart Program is to find the best possible treatment for each patient.
  • The evaluation process begins with a visit with an interventional cardiologist.
  • Some procedures require separate visit with another physician, i.e. cardiothoracic surgeon.
  • We will schedule a series of appropriate tests at your local hospital or the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Care Team

Structural Heart Nurse Coordinator

  • Pam Boeckenstedt, RN, BSN, MSN
  • Alyssa Speight, RN, BSN

Nurse Clinician

  • Kelley McLaughlin, RN
  • Kari Seidl, RN, BSN

Research Coordinator

  • Amy Ollinger, RN, BSN