If you need surgery for heart or aortic disease, trust Meghana Ram Kunkala Helder, MD to be there for you at North Central Heart – a division of Avera Heart Hospital – in Sioux Falls, SD. From adult open heart surgery to endovascular valves and aortic repair, Dr. Helder provides expert surgical care for both the heart and thoracic aorta. Her surgical services are offered to support health and healing for a variety of heart conditions.
Compassionate, Expert Heart Care
Dr. Helder is dedicated to treating patients using the latest technology and treatments for heart disease. She helps treat a spectrum of heart diseases including coronary artery disease, mitral valve disease, tricuspid valve disease, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, aortic valve disease with the aid of open and transcatheter modalities—as well as thoracic aortic aneurysm disease, both open and endovascularly.
The operations she offers include:
- Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
- Valve replacements and repair
- Septal myectomy
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR)
“Moderation is key, moderate your food and drinks and add exercise for a heart healthy life,” says Dr. Helder. She was inspired to become a surgeon by seeing the benefit of surgery for one of her family members. This interest in surgery led to her witnessing an open heart operation in junior high school which pushed her to become a cardiovascular surgeon. She has presented on various cardiovascular topics at national and international meetings and has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals.
In her free time, Dr. Helder loves spending time with her husband, daughter and family. She enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling. She speaks Telugu, and is originally from India.