McLaren Flint’s Award-Winning Cardiac Program Offers Comprehensive Treatment Options
Author: Sherry Farney
Heart disease has been and continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Decades ago, McLaren Flint was committed to providing the latest and most comprehensive cardiac care to meet the needs of the community in a setting close to home.
This commitment has always included the expertise of highly qualified doctors and staff, as well as regular investments in the latest technologies and the guarantee of a state-of-the-art facility. Equally important, however, is the quality of care patients receive.
âWhen patients need heart surgery and they sit down with their doctors to discuss who and where to go, the experience and quality of care should be part of that discussion,â said Sanjay Batra, MD, Director of Structural Heart Surgery at McLaren Flint. âOur clinical team and support staff strive not only to provide the latest procedures to patients, but also to do so with the quality of that care at the forefront.
âWe are extremely proud to be able to say that we are the Genesee County Three Star Hospital for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, an honor awarded to the Top 10% of Hospitals Nationwide by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.â
In recent years, the hospital’s structural heart program has made available numerous atrial fibrillation and minimally invasive valve replacement and repair procedures, including aortic valve catheter replacement (TAVR), MitraClip and Watchman. The name of the program refers to the heart conditions with which a person is born or have developed due to aging. Examples include narrowing of one of the heart’s main valves, holes in the heart, and valves that no longer close properly.
Increasingly, structural heart procedures are not open surgical procedures but rather are performed using minimally invasive techniques. This means less pain and faster recoveries for patients. Procedures can be either replacements or repairs to the anatomy of the heart, using very small devices. These devices are threaded through the body to the heart through catheters which are most often inserted into the patient’s groin. Once at the heart, they’re placed precisely where they need to be with a real-time view of the heart made possible by fluoroscopic and echocardiographic imaging.
âWith any type of surgery, there is always a risk, and we watch for infections, heart attacks or strokes after these life-changing, life-saving procedures. The good news is that these types of complications are almost unheard of, âsaid Dr Batra. âPlus, due to the many minimally invasive procedures, even patients in the 80s and 90s may be eligible for replacements and repairs, which was not an option just a few years ago.
âWe are seeing faster recoveries and the quality of care continues to improve. It’s a victory for everyone involved. We have set the bar high and will continue to do so – our patients and their families deserve it. “
To meet McLaren’s cardiac experts or learn more about all of the cardiac procedures available at home, visit mclaren.org/flintheart.