Heart care in Aurora, Colorado
Each year, the heart doctors and cardiothoracic surgeons at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) enhance the lives of thousands of patients. Whether your heart disease is congenital or has developed over the course of time, our skilled cardiologists provide you with leading, cutting-edge treatment and preventive care.
For more information about our cardiology services, please call (303) 695-2971
As the only heart hospital in the metro Denver area to dedicate an entire tower to the care and recovery of our cardiology patients, our specialists are engaged in research and passionate about the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Innovative treatment options for heart conditions
At TMCA, our 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.
We offer multiple treatment options and surgical procedures, including:
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (for cardiogenic shock, H1N1 flu, pulmonary trauma, acute respiratory distress syndrome)
- WATCHMAN implant procedure (seals off section of heart where blood clots form)
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (also referred to as TAVR; minimally invasive procedure that repairs the aortic valve without removing the old, damaged valve)
- Micra™ (mini-pacemaker that allows for fewer major complications than traditional pacemakers)
- Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure (closure device inserted through the vein to the site of the heart wall defect)
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 at the right time. Valvular heart disease occurs when the valves become too narrow or cannot close completely.
Treatment options for valvular heart disease include:
- Antibiotics or long-term antibiotic therapy
- Antithrombotic (clot-preventing) medications
- Blood-thinning medications for patients who have AFib or continue to have transient ischemic attacks (TIA, sometimes called a mini stroke)
- Valve surgery (to repair or replace a damaged valve)
This procedure has the potential to provide relief to patients whose health previously disqualified them as surgical candidates or who are found to be higher risk surgical candidates. Incisions are small and the procedure leaves chest bones intact, allowing the average hospital stay to be shorter for these patients.
How does TAVR work?
Because this procedure does not require open-heart surgery, TAVR is a far less invasive method of treatment.
Using a catheter, surgeons enter the heart through the transfemoral, transapical or transaortic arteries. In most cases, the transfemoral approach is used, but individual patient needs may require alternative approaches.
After the catheter is inserted into the heart, a new valve is then inserted inside the damaged aortic valve. This new valve is then expanded, pressing against the flaps of the damaged valve and allowing blood to flow at its proper level.
Heart patients eligible for TAVR
The new guidelines for TAVR will potentially allow younger and healthier patients to opt for the procedure instead of open-heart surgery. Compared to traditional open-heart surgery, TAVR may significantly improve recovery times for heart patients. In some cases, these patients might also experience shorter hospital stays.
Each patient’s heart is unique and requires individualized treatment. Our cardiac professionals can assess whether each individual case meets the criteria for TAVR.
Whether using TAVR or SAVR, our expert team at TMCA will work in conjunction with the patient and referring physician to create a treatment plan to ensure a full recovery.
To find out if you are eligible for TAVR under the new guidelines, contact the Center for Lung & Heart Health at (303) 695-2971. Our heart specialists are available to answer any questions patients have about TAVR and SAVR.
Heart arrhythmia care
Our facility is affiliated with the Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute, the best cardiac care network in the Rocky Mountain region. We are specialists in the treatment of heart arrhythmias or abnormal heart rhythms.
Cardiac catheterization lab
We offer 24/7 cardiac catheterization lab services using the most advanced and innovative technology. Our medical and nursing staff is trained extensively in all areas of cardiac diseases, including arrhythmias, atrial septal defect, coronary artery disease, patent foramen ovale and pericarditis.
Heart and vascular surgery
Our team of experts diagnoses and treats all types of vascular conditions. Vascular disease can impact the veins and the arteries, which carry oxygen and nutrients to all of the cells in your body. Led by board-certified vascular surgeons, physicians at TMCA provide innovative and holistic approaches to vascular disease.
Heart conditions we treat
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.
In addition to providing treatment for common heart conditions, our heart surgery team specializes in offering treatments for a number of heart-related health problems. Patients have access to newer, minimally invasive surgical procedures that utilize the latest technological advances in treating:
- Acute coronary syndrome
- Aneurysms and dissections
- Atrial septal defect
- Bundle branch block
- Carotid artery disease
- Chest pain
- Congenital heart defects
- Congestive heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Diastolic dysfunction (inability for heart ventricles to relax)
- Heart attack
- Heart valve diseases
- High blood pressure
- Long Q-T syndrome (electrical system abnormality causing irregular heartbeats)
- Marfan syndrome
- Metabolic syndrome
- Mitral valve prolapse
- Patent foramen ovale (hole between heart’s left and right upper chambers)
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Rheumatic fever
- Silent ischemia
- Syncope (fainting, loss of consciousness)
Cardiac support group
Our monthly general cardiac support group is open to all patients living with heart disease.
Friends and family members are welcome and encouraged to attend. The group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Patients determine the topics, which are generally educational. We discuss smoking cessation, nutritional information, heart attacks, surgical procedures and more. For more information, call (303) 338-7446.