Cardiac Specialty Centers

Treating Cardiovascular Diseases in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois

A. Jamil Tajik, MD gives an overview of the cardiac specialty centers.

Aurora Health Care is a leader in the treatment of complex heart conditions. Our specialty heart centers serve patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, adult congenital heart disease, Marfan syndrome and valvular heart disease. We offer the highest level of care and cardiac experts who use advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. In fact, our specialty centers for adult congenital heart disease and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are the only dedicated centers in the state.

A. Jamil Tajik, MD, an internationally recognized expert, heads the centers and leads a multidisciplinary team of specialists who coordinate your care. These complex conditions can be fatal if undiagnosed. Our goal is to improve your quality of life through medical management, catheter-based intervention or surgical options.

We offer you a team of experts including: cardiologists, nurse practitioners, electrophysiologists, surgeons, interventional cardiologists and geneticists working together to provide you with best practices and state-of-the-art care.

Our heart specialty centers address these heart conditions:

Adult congenital heart disease:  This is a type of defect occurs before birth in one or more structures of the heart or blood vessels. More effective treatments mean there are now adults with this condition needing care. However, most specialists are based at pediatric institutions. The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center at Aurora provides expert care for adults with these conditions.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy:  In this genetic condition, your heart muscle becomes abnormally thick. The thickening interferes with your heart chambers, reducing the amount of blood flow in and out. This may cause fainting, shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations or heart failure. It can affect people of all ages, but young and athletic individuals often are diagnosed with more severe forms. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy affects one or two people in every 1,000. Learn more about our Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center.

Marfan syndrome:  An inherited connective tissue disorder of your heart, this syndrome may lead to leaky heart valves or dilatation or enlargement of the aorta in major arteries. People with Marfan syndrome are often tall and thin. Aurora's Center for Marfan and Aortic Disorders offers advanced treatments for patients with Marfan syndrome.

Valvular heart disease: This condition occurs when your heart valves no longer work properly and allow blood to flow backward or prevent blood from flowing forward. Valve disease impacts a large number of people with increased prevalence with advancing age. Learn about Aurora's Valvular Heart Disease Center which specializes in treating patients with valvular heart disease.

Staff and Physicians

Jamil Tajik, MD

For more information on our specialty centers at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, please call 1-855-229-2400 (toll-free).