Structural Heart Program

Structural Heart Program

Structural heart problems are quite common. Some conditions are mild and only need follow up care. Others are advanced and require cardiac testing and treatment. To treat patients in the Upper Cumberland with these types of heart problems, The Heart and Vascular Center at Cookeville Regional has added a new program to its list of comprehensive services to deal with structural heart problems.

The only one of its kind in the Upper Cumberland, CRMC's structural heart program is led by interventional cardiologist Matthew Sample, MD. He is joined by a team of interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and dedicated clinical support staff specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the valves and other vital structures of the heart. This new program expands the services offered through the Heart and Vascular Center, and thus, allows residents of the region to remain close to home for more specialized care.

Physicians involved in the program are:

Matthew Sample, MD

Matthew Sample, MD, FACC
Interventional cardiologist

Lewis Wilson

Lewis Wilson, MD, FACS
Cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgeon

Tim Powell

Tim Powell, MD, FACS
Cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgeon

Stacy Brewinton

Stacy Brewington, MD, FACC
Interventional cardiologist

Thomas Little

Thomas Little, MD, FACC
Interventional cardiologist

Mark Wathen

Mark Wathen, MD, FACC eligible
Electrophysiologist

Procedures performed at CRMC include:

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) - minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery for severe aortic stenosis (narrowing) in patients who qualify
  • Patent forament ovale repair - minimally invasive procedure to close the flap in the wall of the atrial septum
  • Percutaneous perivalvular leak closure
  • Balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV)
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
  • Traditional valve surgery

Procedures coming soon to CRMC include:

  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) (Mitra Clip®) - a treatment for debilitating symptoms of mitral regurgitation (MR)
  • Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) (WATCHMAN™) - an alternative to long-term warfarin therapy for stroke risk reduction in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation

OUTPATIENT CARE
The Valve Clinic
Tennessee Heart
228 W. 4th Street
Cookeville, TN
931-646-4093

The Valve Clinic is a part of the structural heart program for outpatient visits and follow up appointments. 

The clinic coordinator is Kathleen Yates, RN.