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tendick center for the surgical treatmentof heart failure

overview

At the Tendick Center for the Surgical Treatment of Heart Failure, we provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and surgical treatment for heart failure patients of all ages who could benefit from mechanical circulatory support devices. 

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center has been treating heart failure with implanted mechanical circulatory support devices since 1986. These devices “take over” the work of your heart, pumping the blood. There are two options: ventricular assist devices (VADs) and total artificial hearts (TAHs). 

We measure and improve our program’s outcomes using the quality improvement process, and we work to meet Joint Commission requirements for Disease Specific Care Certification for Ventricular Assist Device Destination Therapy. 


With our extensive experience, we have significantly lowered the average hospital stay to 12 days. And our research shows that people report a significant improvement in quality of life after a ventricular assist device (VAD) implant.

services & treatment

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center has been treating heart failure with implanted mechanical circulatory support devices since 1986. These devices “take over” the work of your heart, pumping the blood. There are two options: ventricular assist devices (VADs) and total artificial hearts (TAHs). They may be placed outside your body (extracorporeal) or implanted inside you.

Mechanical circulatory support devices are used in a variety of ways for heart failure treatment. They may be applied as life support during or after surgery, as your heart recovers, as a temporary solution (bridge) while you wait for a heart transplant or as a long-term solution (destination therapy) for your heart function.

The ventricular assist devices we use include:
 
  • DuraHeart™
  • Heartmate II®
  • Heartware®
  • Levitronix®
  • Thoratec®
The total artificial heart device we use is the SynCardia Cardiowest™.

meet our team

Patients at the Tendick Center are cared for by a team of cardiologists, surgeons, pulmonologists, infectious disease specialists, nephrologists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, transplant coordinators, heart failure coordinators, clinical engineers, social workers, dieticians and chaplains, as well as physical, occupational and cardiac-rehab therapists. 

Nurse coordinators, including transplant coordinators and heart failure coordinators, help ensure you get the best care possible at every step of your treatment.  

We can also help you manage referrals and evaluations, the pre-transplant waiting period, post-transplant care, destination therapy evaluation and surgical treatment. 

Tendick Center cardiologists include:


Tendick Center cardiovascular surgeons include:
 

contact us

Tendick Center for the Surgical Treatment of Heart Failure
2900 W. Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53215

For more information, call 414-646-6861.

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