The Medical Center of Aurora is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Our team of highly-trained cardiac specialists perform more than 450 heart surgeries annually and we have some of the lowest complication rates in the state of Colorado.
The structural heart program at The Medical Center of Aurora includes a dedicated heart surgery program, specialized treatment for heart failure and a multi-disciplinary approach to treating vascular conditions.
Patients referred to the structural heart program receive the best treatment and care possible.
Innovative Procedures to Treat Heart Conditions
At the Medical Center of Aurora, patients have access to a number of cutting-edge, technologically-advanced procedures to treat heart disease and heart conditions. Our cardiologists are dedicated to reducing recovery times, improving surgical outcomes and minimizing the need for re-admission for our heart patients.
Innovative procedures to treat heart conditions at the Medical Center of Aurora include:
- Surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) — Surgical aortic valve replacement (or repair) is the standard treatment method for people with aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve. If left untreated, aortic stenosis will lead to heart failure. During a SAVR procedure, the damage aortic valve is removed and replaced by either a mechanical or biological valve.
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) — This minimally-invasive procedure is designed to repair the aortic valve without having to remove the old, damaged valve in the heart. TAVR is a newer option for patients who might not be eligible for standard valve replacement surgery, or are at a higher risk of complication for the standard valve procedure. Because TAVR does not require open-heart surgery, this procedure is a significantly less invasive method of treatment for patients with severe aortic stenosis.
- Transcatheter mitral valve repair with MitraClip (TMVr) — Considered a breakthrough in medical technology, the MitraClip procedure is designed to avoid a cardiopulmonary bypass. TMVr is a minimally-invasive treatment option to fix a degenerative mitral valve, which is located between the left atrium and left ventricle of the heart. This catheter-based approach is offered to patients who are unable to undergo heart surgery.
- WATCHMAN for AFib — The WATCHMAN implant device is an alternative treatment option for patients taking blood thinners (like Warfarin) to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular beating of the heart. This minimally-invasive procedure is designed to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with AFib.
- PFO Closure — A patent foramen ovale (PFO) refers to holes in the wall of tissue between the upper right and left chambers of the heart. A PFO closure procedure is a minimally-invasive operation in which, utilizing a catheter inserted via a small incision in the groin area, the closure device is advanced through the vein to the heart to the site of the heart wall defect. This type of procedure does not require extensive cardiac rehabilitation post-operation.
Heart Failure Program at The Medical Center of Aurora
Spearheaded by Dr. Richard Jantz, board-certified internal medicine and cardiac specialist at the Medical Center of Aurora, the Heart Failure Program is designed to serve patients who have experienced heart failure or have a chronic heart condition.
Patients referred to the Heart Failure Program receive personalize care for their heart condition and significant one-on-one time with their cardiologist. For patients with heart failure, treatment options extend well beyond a heart transplant. Our cardiac specialists are committed to reducing readmissions and working with each patient to find the most appropriate treatment option.
Treatment for Vascular Disease
Treatment for heart-related conditions also encompasses our Vascular Care program, which provides a multifaceted approach to treating vascular disease, including holistic treatment methods and utilizing state-of-the-art technology during surgical procedures.
Led by board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. Omid Jazaeri, the Vascular Care program at the Medical Center of Aurora treats diseases and health conditions that impact the veins and the arteries. Preventative care is an instrumental part of treating vascular disease.
Cardiac rehabilitation can be a crucial component of treating heart disease. Not only does cardiac rehabilitation aid patients in increasing their strength and stamina following heart surgery, it can also help you maintain your heart health long-term.
The Cardiac Rehab at the Medical Center of Aurora can significantly benefit patients who have been treated for angina/chest pain, balloon angioplasty or coronary stenting, coronary artery bypass surgery, a heart attack or heart valve surgery.
Heart Specialists Serving Patients in North Denver, Colorado and Beyond
At the Medical Center of Aurora, patients can easily schedule an echocardiogram (Echo) test and receive their test results quickly. Dr. Sundeep Viswanathan, cardiologist and dedicated imaging specialist, is board certified in advanced cardiac imaging. The Echo program at our facility is comprised of a small team of doctors and medical staff, making these heart services accessible and readily available to our patients.
Those in need of specialized treatment and care for a heart condition at the Medical Center of Aurora have the option of receiving follow-up care at their local hospital or clinic, which allows us to serve patients throughout Colorado. As heart and vascular care experts, our physicians also treat out-of-state patients in need of specialized treatment.