At the Medical Center of Aurora, patients receive excellent care from a dedicated team of heart surgeons, cardiology specialist and medical professionals.
As a leader in care, the heart doctors at the Medical Center of Aurora are highly-trained in treating both routine and complex heart conditions and heart-related health issues.
Saving Lives by Saving Time
When it comes to treating a heart attack, every minute counts. In partnership with the Colorado Heart Institute, our Cardiac Alert program ensures that heart patients receive the treatment they need faster. The sooner a person receives treatment for a heart attack, the less damage to the heart that occurs and the greater one’s chances for survival.Developed in 2001, the Cardiac Alert program includes local EMS teams with advanced equipment and training who can identify heart attack patients immediately and alert hospitals of their arrival. Our 24/7 cardiac surgery backup helps us save lives and improve a patient’s quality of life.
The Medical Center of Aurora has one of the best records in the U.S. for patients receiving life-saving procedures quickly. Set by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, the national standard for patients undergoing life-saving procedures from the time they enter the emergency room is 90 minutes or less.
Conveniently-Located Accredited Chest Pain Centers
Accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, the Medical Center of Aurora offers two conveniently-located chest pain centers with round-the-clock care for heart patients.
Currently, both our Main Campus in Aurora and our south metro Denver facility, Centennial Medical Plaza, have chest pain centers providing routine and emergency services for heart attacks and heart conditions.
Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence
In 2008, the Medical Center of Aurora received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center — the highest honor for nursing excellence in the medical field. The Medical Center of Aurora was the first community hospital in Denver to receive Magnet Recognition.
State-of-the-Art Heart Care Facilities
In 2009, the Medical Center of Aurora unveiled a brand-new, 84-bed Heart Care Tower at our Main Campus. The facility has all-private rooms and features the latest in heart care treatment and technology advancements.
Along with our Heart Care Tower, the Medical Center of Aurora has a Hybrid Cath Lab that utilizes the newest diagnostic equipment, and a Hybrid OR offering cutting-edge procedures designed to improve treatment outcomes.
Innovative Procedures for Heart Conditions
Cardiothoracic surgeons and heart specialists at the Medical Center of Aurora are committed to advancing the treatment of heart conditions. As a leader in heart care, our cardiologists are heavily involved in research, preventative care, reducing readmissions for heart conditions and improving recovery times post-surgery.
The Medical Center of Aurora presently offers a number of innovative procedures to treat heart conditions, such as:
TAVR — A transcatheter aortic valve replacement (known as TAVR) is a minimally-invasive procedure option for heart patients who are at a higher risk for standard valve replacement surgery. During a TAVR, the aortic valve is replaced without removing the old, damaged valve.
TVMR — A transcatheter mitral valve repair (TVMR) is a minimally-invasive treatment option for patients who cannot undergo surgery. Considered a technological breakthrough, the MitraClip procedure is a catheter-based therapy designed to avoid a cardiopulmonary bypass.
WATCHMAN — Designed to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with AFib (atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heartbeat), the WATCHMAN implant operation is a minimally-invasive procedure that typically does not require a long hospital stay.
CTO PCI — A Chronic Total Occlusion Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (CTO PCI) is a minimally-invasive procedure to treat complete blockages of the coronary arteries. In the past, treatment options for CTO have been somewhat limited, but this new procedure has allowed surgeons to treat CTOs with significantly higher success rates.
Personalized Care from a Team of Medical Experts
At the Medical Center of Aurora, treatment decision are made with input from all areas of our cardiac team — including surgeons, specialists, physicians and nursing staff. Our shared decision-making process is key to providing the highest level of care for each and every patient.
The Medical Center of Aurora offers an individualized approach for all patients, often exceeding the heart care services available at other community hospitals.