Center for Marfan and Aortic Disorders

Treating Cardiovascular Diseases in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois

A. Jamil Tajik, MD introduces the Center for Marfan and Aortic Disorders.

Marfan syndrome is a connective tissue disease that can affect the growth and development of your body. At the Center for Marfan and Aortic Disorders at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, we understand that cardiovascular conditions are common in Marfan patients and if left undetected or untreated, they can become serious. An annual heart exam with a cardiologist specially trained in Marfan syndrome and aortic disorders can detect complications early so that they can be treated effectively.

Treatment options vary with the severity of your condition, the symptoms you may be experiencing and your complicating risk factors.

With the proper diagnosis, evaluation and treatment, your outlook is markedly improved and many people with Marfan syndrome and other aortic disorders are able to lead active lives.

Utilizing Advanced Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologies

At the Center for Marfan and Aortic Disorders, we offer you the best imaging technology available and put it in the hands of experts to ensure you receive an accurate diagnosis and a more complete understanding of your condition.

Comprehensive diagnostic tests and tools include:

  • Cardiac MRI
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scans
  • Echocardiogram/transesophageal echocardiogram
  • Genetic testing and counseling
  • Stress testing

Determining your exact diagnosis allows us to meet your specific needs, offer effective treatment therapies and promote your long-term success.

Multidisciplinary Treatment Approach for Your Heart Condition

As a patient at the Center for Marfan and Aortic Disorders, we offer you treatment options, intervention therapies and management strategies to help you live and thrive well for a lifetime, including:

  • Heart failure/device therapy: Medications can be used to improve your heart function and assist devices may be necessary for advanced failure.
  • Medication therapy: Various drugs may control your heart rate and slow the rate of progression of aortic enlargement
  • Surgery: In some patients, the walls of the aorta are weakened and enlarge to form an aneurysm. Surgery may be required to replace a section of the aorta in order to prevent a tear or rupture. Surgery may also be used to replace a damaged heart valve.

Since Marfan syndrome affects connective tissue throughout your body, other specialists may offer consultative and management services related to ophthalmology, orthopedics, dermatology, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, rheumatology and urology.

A.Jamil Tajik, MD, a world-renown expert in the diagnosis and treatment of complex cardiovascular conditions, leads a multidisciplinary team of specialists with expertise in:

  • Advanced echocardiography
  • Cardiothoracic surgery/heart transplantation
  • Electrophysiology/pacemaker/ICD
  • Enlarged aorta and associated conditions
  • Genetic testing and counseling
  • Heart failure/device therapy
  • Interventional cardiology                  
  • Marfan syndrome                               
  • Maternal fetal medicine                                                                                    
  • Multimodality imaging (CT, MRI, PET)
  • Orthopedics
  • Rheumatology
  • Thoracic aorta aneurysm

Patient- and Family-friendly Care for Marfan and Aortic Disorders

As our patient, you’ll have access to expert care, comprehensive services and valuable resources, including:

  • Assistance to facilitate screening of family members
  • Comprehensive services and coordinated appointment scheduling at one location allows convenient access to complete care
  • Individual treatment plans and patient visits tailored to correspond with the complexity of your condition
  • Prompt evaluation and timely intervention to improve your outcome
  • Single point of contact for continuity of care

Center for Marfan and Aortic Disorders
Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
Professional Office Building, Suite 575
2801 W. Kinnickinnic River Pkwy
Milwaukee, WI 53215

For more information or to contact the Center for Marfan and Aortic Disorders, please call 414-385-2400 or toll free 855-229-2400.