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Cardiac Care Offered at McLaren Flint's Heart Center

At McLaren Flint, we are committed to delivering high-quality care to our patients and providing excellence in the treatment of heart conditions from heart attacks to irregular heartbeats to more serious conditions such as congestive heart failure and valve replacement.

Our team of physicians and support staff have expertise related to a wide range of cardiovascular services, from prevention to advanced diagnostics and treatment, including minimally invasive options. Our cardiothoracic surgeons, structural heart specialists, and vascular surgeons have decades of combined experience performing high-risk surgeries, multiple valve procedures, complex repair cases, and the latest minimally invasive treatment options.

McLaren Flint offers world-class cardiology services close to home in Flint, Fenton, Davison, Grand Blanc, Clio and the surrounding areas. Get connected to world-class heart care today:

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Cardiology Services

At McLaren Flint, our expert team of cardiologists and electrophysiologists are committed to providing patients with comprehensive and compassionate cardiac care. Our cardiology programs offer advanced diagnostic and treatment options, including the latest minimally invasive procedures, and groundbreaking research and clinical trials. Whether you have a blocked artery or an irregular heartbeat, our cardiac team can help.

Our Cardiologists Perform the Following Procedures

  • Heart Cath
  • Cardiac Stents
  • Ablations
  • Cardiac and Leadless Pacemakers
  • Cardiac Defibrillators
  • Loop Recorder Implants
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ER Doctor with Patient

Understand Your Heart Health Risks

It's important to recognize when it is time to see a cardiologist. Here are some reasons to call for an appointment:

  • Chest pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • History of smoking
  • History of high cholesterol
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • You’re inactive and planning to start an exercise routine

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you may be a at risk for heart disease.

Structural Heart Program Highlights

Structural Heart
McLaren Flint maintains a high-volume structural heart program that includes TAVR, Watchman and A-fib procedures.

According to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) TVT Registry, volumes for TAVR have increased every year since its approval in 2011. In 2019, TAVR exceeded all forms of surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) for the first time. This coincides with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of TAVR for low-risk patients. The median length of stay for patients has declined from seven days to two days for all patients over the course of the report. For patients assessed as low-risk, the median length of stay in 2019 was only one day (an overnight hospital stay).

The WATCHMAN device is an advanced, minimally invasive procedure for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who are at high risk for stroke but are no longer able to take a long-term anticoagulant (due to prior bleeding on anticoagulation or inability to regulate warfarin levels). Current data shows the implant reduces the risk of debilitating and fatal strokes by 55 percent, and major bleeding six months post-implant by 72 percent.

Mitral Valve Repair & Replacement
McLaren Flint offers traditional, robotic-assisted and transcatheter minimally invasive mitral valve repair procedures.

  • Valve repair - which preserves the patient's valve and leaflets. Sometimes repairs require a minimal surgery procedure and other times repairs need a more extensive surgery. Repair is most often possible for mitral valve regurgitation and tricuspid valve regurgitation.
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve repair. This procedure uses an implant that goes onto the center of the mitral valve. This is a minimally invasive procedure called transcatheter mitral valve repair. This reduces the mitral regurgitation and allows the valve to continue to open and close, allowing blood to flow. The procedure takes 1-2 hours with an average of a one-night stay at the hospital.
  • Valve replacement - which may include transcatheter aortic valve implantation or replacement (TAVR or TAVI), or other minimally invasive procedure. In many cases, the best long-term solution may require a more involved surgery such as the Ross procedure or the insertion of a new tissue or manufactured valve. Treatment with medications, including diuretics, may be recommended.

Atrial Fibrillation (AF, A-Fib)
There are a variety of options for treating AF, and are based on the diagnosis and needs of each patient individually. Treatment options at McLaren Flint include:

    Medications to control heart rhythm, heart rate and blood clotting
  • Device implants such as pacemakers
  • Catheter ablation by our electrophysiologists
  • Surgical ablation, including newer minimally-invasive procedures

Our Structural Heart Experts Perform the Following Procedures

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Off Pump/ Beating heart coronary bypass grafting
  • Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (Midcab)
  • All complex valve procedures
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements, Low,
    Intermediate and High Risk Patients
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacements
  • AFIB Ablation
  • Treatment of Aortic Aneurysms
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure/Watchman Device
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (MitraClip)
  • ASD, PFO (catheter based)
  • Catheter-Based Para Valvular Leak Closure
  • High-Risk Angioplasty with Impella Support (LV Assist Device)
  • Right Ventricular-Impella for Acute Right Ventricular Failure
  • Balloon Aortic And Mitral Valvuloplasty
  • CardioMEMS
  • Treatments for pulmonary embolism
  • AngioVac clot removal

Meet Our Cardiac Electrophysiologists

Meet Our Cardiothoracic Surgeons

    • Image of Fouad Azoury , MD

      Fouad Azoury, MD
      Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery - Cardiothoracic, Surgery - Cardiovascular, Surgery - Thoracic

    • Image of Sanjay Batra , MD

      Sanjay Batra, MD
      Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery - Cardiothoracic, Surgery - Cardiovascular, Surgery - Thoracic

    • Image of Omar Habib , MD

      Omar Habib, MD
      Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery - Cardiothoracic, Surgery - Cardiovascular, Surgery - Thoracic

    • Image of John Kuhn III , MD

      John Kuhn III, MD
      Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery - Cardiothoracic, Surgery - Thoracic

    • Image of Mahender Macha , MD, FACS

      Mahender Macha, MD, FACS
      Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery - Cardiothoracic, Surgery - Cardiovascular

    • Image of James Martin , MD

      James Martin, MD
      Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery - Cardiothoracic, Surgery - Cardiovascular, Surgery - Thoracic, Surgery - Vascular

    • Image of Shrey Patel , MD

      Shrey Patel, MD
      Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery - Cardiothoracic, Surgery - Cardiovascular, Surgery - Thoracic

    • Image of Anup Sud , MD

      Anup Sud, MD
      Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery - Cardiothoracic, Surgery - Thoracic

Meet Our Vascular Surgeons

Heart and Vascular Services
McLaren Flint

401 S Ballenger Hwy
Flint, MI 48532

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