Conditions We Treat

At the Medical Center of Aurora, our board-certified heart surgeons and cardiac specialists are trained to treat a wide array of heart conditions. Patients receive a high level of care from a medical team dedicated to improving their heart health. Treating heart disease starts at prevention.

Our doctors and medical staff are committed to helping patients reduce their risk factors for heart disease and diagnosing heart-related conditions at their earliest stages.

Treatment for Common and Complex Heart Conditions

In addition to providing treatment for common heart conditions, the surgical team at the Medical Center of Aurora specializes in offering treatment for a number of complex heart-related health problems. Patients have access to newer, minimally-invasive surgical procedures that utilize the latest technological advances.

Innovative Treatment Options at The Medical Center of Aurora

The Medical Center of Aurora offers multiple innovative treatment options and surgical procedures to treat heart conditions, including:

  • ECMO — As an ECMO Referral Center, heart surgeons at the Medical Center of Aurora can employ the use of the ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine. When it comes to heart conditions, ECMO can be used for:
    • Cardiogenic shock — A condition in which the heart can’t pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body. A cardiogenic shock is usually the result of damage to the heart muscle caused by a severe heart attack.
    • H1N1 Flu — The ECMO machine can save the life of a patient who has contracted the H1N1 flu virus (also known as Swine flu).
    • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) — Acute respiratory distress syndrome is characterized by severe hypoxemic respiratory failure, which affects up to 10 percent of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). When a patient cannot adequately deliver oxygen on “safe” ventilator settings, we can treat them with ECMO.
    • Pulmonary Trauma/Lung Injury — For patients who have experienced a severe chest injury and acute lung failure, ECMO can be used successfully in these cases.
  • TAVR — Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally-invasive procedure that repairs the aortic valve without removing the old, damaged valve. During this procedure, a replacement valve is wedged into the damaged valve’s place. The TAVR procedure is an option for patients who are at intermediate or high risk for standard valve replacement surgery.
  • WATCHMAN Implant Procedure — The WATCHMAN implant procedure can potentially reduce the risk of stroke in patient with atrial fibrillation (known as AFib, or an irregular heartbeat). During the procedure, the WATCHMAN device permanently seals off the left atrial appendage (LAA), where blood clots form in the heart.
  • Micra — Micra is a miniature transcatheter pacing system known as the world’s smallest pacemaker. One recent study revealed that Micra procedures resulted in 63 percent fewer major complications than traditional pacemakers.

Treatment for Valvular Heart Disease

Valvular heart disease refers to damage in one of the four heart valves: the mitral, aortic, tricuspid or pulmonary. Valves that are functioning normally make sure that blood is flowing in the heart in the right direction and at the right time. Valvular heart disease occurs when the valves become too narrow (stenotic) or cannot close completely (incompetent).

Treatment options for valvular heart disease include:

  • Antibiotics or long-term antibiotic therapy
  • Antithrombotic (clot-preventing) medications
  • Blood-thinning medications (such as Warfarin) for those who have atrial fibrillation (AFib) or continue to have transient ischemic attacks (TIA, sometimes called a mini-stroke)
  • Valve surgery (to repair or replace a damaged valve)
At the Medical Center of Aurora, we offer multiple minimally-invasive procedures to treat valvular heart disease.

A Healthy Heart Starts With Us

The Medical Center of Aurora is committed to the treatment and prevention of heart disease. Patients receive personalized care for common and complex heart conditions from a team of highly-trained doctors and heart surgeons. The Medical Center of Aurora also provides treatment for high-risk patients with a heart condition.