When faced with a condition where every minute counts, you want the very best life-saving treatments and technology as well as the expertise of an experienced team of heart care professionals.
We’re more than just part of the largest provider of heart care in the Kansas City area. We excel at the treatment of cardiovascular disease. The heart specialists—cardiologists and cardiac surgeons—at Research Medical Center trained at some of the most prestigious cardiology programs in the country, including Harvard, Stanford and the Mayo Clinic. These experts participate in research to discover new techniques to reverse blocked heart arteries, prevent strokes and strengthen weakened hearts.
The Kansas City heart hospital operates the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft program in the region and is part of the area’s only accredited Chest Pain Network. Patients can receive an extensive range of cardiac care including medical management, cardiac catheterization, cardiac rehabilitation and open-heart surgery for many conditions.
The Heart & Vascular Institute at Research Medical Center offers advanced heart care programs for chronic and debilitating heart disease.
Structural Heart Center
The Structural Heart Center at Research Medical Center offers leading-edge treatments for people with cardiac disease related to structural defects or damage. Procedures include:
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Transcatheter mitral valve treatment
- Transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR)
- Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) (Mitraclip)
- Mitral valve balloon valvotomy
- Atrial septal defect/Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
- Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC)
Patients can be referred to the Structural Heart Program by a primary care physician or cardiologist. To speak with our Structural Heart Program Coordinator:
Chronic Total Occlusion
Chronic total occlusion (CTO) is the total blockage of a coronary artery, which is caused by heavy plaque buildup. In order to treat this condition, your doctor will gently steer special guide wires and catheters across the blockages in order to improve blood flow of the artery. Chronic Total Occlusion Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (CTO PCI) is a procedure that allows a physician to approach the blockage from multiple complimentary ways. This procedure uses a combination of advanced imaging procedures and the next generation of tiny coronary equipment. It is minimally invasive so most patients can go home the next day. This revolutionary procedure has been able to successfully reverse symptoms and improve heart function for patients who thought they had run out of options.
Aortic Stenosis & TAVR
With aging can come the narrowing of the aortic valve, a major valve of the heart. This can present symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, fainting and an inability to complete daily activities like getting dressed and walking. Traditionally, patients would require open-heart surgery to replace the valve. But such an invasive surgery can present dangers for frail or elderly patients.
Luckily, a successful minimally invasive alternative is now available - Trans Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). TAVR can replace a patient’s aortic valve through an incision in the leg. With clinical trials illustrating the successes of TAVR, doctors are now starting to use this method for patients who are younger and at lower risk.
Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC)
Did you know heart attacks have beginnings? These "Beginnings" occur in over 50% of patients. Most Importantly, if recognized in time, these "Beginnings" can be treated before the heart is damaged. Learn more about early heart attack care