At the Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital's Heart and Vascular Center, we treat patients with a wide range of heart diseases. Our physicians are experts at diagnosing and finding the right treatment for heart and vascular conditions.
The following are conditions our highly skilled physicians treat at the Heart and Vascular Center.
Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when the heart doesn't get enough blood. Angina is caused by coronary artery disease. We offer treatments that may include lifestyle changes, medication, interventional and surgical procedures, and cardiac rehabilitation.
The aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body, is the central channel from the heart to the body. The aorta may need repair following a traumatic injury (such as a vehicle crash), the discovery of an aneurysm (a bulge in the aorta wall), the development of a blockage or a sudden tear in the inner lining (aortic dissection).
The aorta may be repaired using traditional open surgery or through a minimally invasive technique that uses a stent graft. Repairing the aorta using surgery vs. a minimally invasive approach depends on the location of an aneurysm or the extent of an injury to the aorta. Our physicians determine the best repair method on a case-by-case basis.
An arrhythmia is a condition in which the electrical activity of the heart is irregular or is faster or slower than normal.
In coronary heart disease, the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart become hardened and narrowed due to the buildup of plaque. Severe coronary disease can lead to a heart attack.
Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is performed to improve blood flow to the heart in people with severe coronary heart disease. During the CABG surgery, one or more healthy arteries and/or veins are removed from another part of the body. The surgeon attaches the blood vessel(s) to the coronary artery above and below the narrowed or blocked area. The grafted vessel bypasses the blocked portion of the coronary artery, allowing oxygen-rich blood to reach the heart.
Congestive heart failure occurs when your body cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet your body’s needs. Because of this, blood may back up into the lungs and other tissues. Congestive heart failure often results from damage caused by a heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes or other conditions.
Advanced heart failure patients whose conditions have become severe can benefit from specialized treatment, such as that provided through Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin's Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Program.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
PAD develops when the arteries outside the heart become clogged with fatty deposits (plaque), causing them to narrow and reducing the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles.
The heart has four valves which keep blood flowing in the right direction. The valves open and close during each heartbeat, but when the valves don't open and close properly, problems can develop. This can disrupt the blood flow to the heart.