McLaren Health Care
Structural Heart Disease Clinic

Optimal treatment option for heart disease and vascular conditions

With a team of dedicated physicians, nurses, and support staff, the Structural Heart Disease Clinic provides patients with the optimal treatment option for heart disease and vascular conditions.Using highly innovative technologies, with the least invasive approaches, our team is a leader is treating heart disease.

Through the Structural Heart Disease Clinic, the patient is seen and evaluated by both an interventional cardiologist and a surgeon. The appropriate diagnostic testing is typically performed on the same day to determine the best treatment plan.

Patient Experience - our team is dedicated to your health and the experience you have.

Our team is dedicated to our patient's health, and that starts with the experience they have from start to finish. Rest assured that when you come to the structural heart disease clinic, that our team will make sure you understand every test, visit you receive and how it will benefit the final treatment that your specialist recommends.

Conditions Treated:

Aortic Stenosis occurs when the heart's aortic valve narrows. This obstructs blood flow into the aorta, and into the rest of the body, causing the heart to work harder. Eventually the heart muscle weakens and symptoms develop. Left untreated aortic stenosis can lead to serious heart problems.

    Symptoms: Chest discomfort (pain may get worse with activity), cough (possibly bloody), breathing problems when exercising, becoming easily tired, feeling the heart beat, fainting, weakness, or dizziness with activity.
    Tests You will need: See Cardiac Catheterization, CT Scan, Echocardiogram (TTE and TEE), Carotid Ultrasound, Laboratory tests, Physical Exam, Frailty Testing, Pulmonary Functional Testing, Arterial Blood Gases, Breathing Test.

Mitral Valve Regurgitation occurs when the heart's mitral valve does not close tightly, allowing blood to flow backward in the heart, and then preventing it from moving efficiently through the heart and the rest of the body. If left untreated, this condition can lead to congestive heart failure, irregular heartbeat, and endocarditis (infection of inner lining of the heart).

    Symptoms: often times there are no symptoms and they gradually occur. They may include cough, fatigue, exhaustion, rapid breathing, sensation of feeling the heart beat, shortness of breath that increases with activity and when lying down, urination.
    Tests you will need: Aww Cardiac Catheterization, Echocardiogram, Carotid Ultrasound, Laboratory Tests, Physical Exam, Frailty Testing, Pulmonary Functional Testing.

Patient Stories

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“Dr. Plonka has the best staff out of anywhere I have ever been. I am fussy and would change doctors in a heart-beat (no pun intended) if I wasn't satisfied, but I have been a patient of Dr. Plonka...

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“I found Dr. Briscoe through an email that was sent by the McLaren Port Huron hospital saying that she was starting her practice and was looking for new patients. Upon arrival for my first appoint...

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'Life is good’ for runner saved after heart attack" In January 2018, I ran the 5K that I wasn’t able to finish two years ago. The what ifs tried to work their way back in, but I wouldn’t let them s...
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