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August University Health sees more patients with advanced-stage heart disease than any other hospital in our area. Our experience means we can handle any heart related emergency - no matter how big or small.

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If you suffer from heart disease, where you choose to receive care can make a big difference. You have a better chance of achieving the best results when you are treated by a team of top specialists keeping up with the latest advances in cardiovascular care.

If you suffer from heart disease, where you choose to receive care can make a big difference. You have a better chance of achieving the best results when you are treated by a team of top specialists keeping up with the latest advances in cardiovascular care.

Why Choose Us

As the area's only academic medical center, Augusta University Medical Center (AUMC) provides a higher level of care, along with cutting-edge therapies. 

  • We are a regional referral center for high-risk heart patients: We are able to provide minimally invasive treatments to those patients with complex diseases, as well as those who have been turned down for open-heart surgery.
  • We have the area's only accredited Cardiac Cath Lab: We were an early adopter of same-day discharge post cardiac cath. By using the radial artery in the wrist, versus the traditional femoral artery in the groin, AU Health has reduced the risk of complications from bleeding, decreased pain, and eliminated the need for several hours of bed rest after a procedure.  Often, our patients can be discharged on the same day as their procedure, with no need for an overnight hospital stay.

Augusta University Medical Center offers highly complex approaches to treating coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD happens when coronary arteries become blocked or narrowed, limiting the flow of blood to the heart muscle.

Treatment for chronic total occlusions (CTO)

The narrowing of arteries is caused by plaque buildup. Sometimes plaque can be so dense that the normal technology used for cardiac catheterization or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) does not work.  CTOs occur when this dense plaque builds up for three months or more, causing symptoms including: 

  • Chest pain, tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the upper arm or jaw
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Interventions for CTOs require providers with advanced skills and technology. The specially-trained interventional cardiologists at AUMC are leaders in their field and able to provide an exceptional level of care.  Our providers will work with you to determine your best course of CTO treatment. You can be considered as a candidate if you are:

  • Still experience symptoms of CAD after multiple procedures such as, stenting, coronary artery bypass graph (CABG), or open-heart surgery.
  • Have been told that there is nothing else that can be done to alleviate your symptoms.    

We offer brachytherapy treatment for restenosis

There are only a few hospitals in the U.S. that can do brachytherapy - AUMC is the stand-alone hospital in our area that offers this treatment. If you have restenosis, our expert interventional cardiologists will discuss this treatment option with you. Treatment plans for restenosis are very individualized. 

What is restenosis?

Almost 15% of people who have had their CAD treated with a stent can develop a blockage inside the stent, called restenosis. When this happens, you may experience the same symptoms you had before the stent was placed. We use brachytherapy, commonly used to treat cancers, to treat narrowing arteries inside coronary stents. It is a minimally invasive procedure in which a radioactive seed is implanted beside the plaque limiting blood flow.

 

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

Meeks, Emily, DNP, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Sohinki, Daniel A., MD

Cardiac Electrophysiology

Javaheri, Sean, DO

Interventional Cardiology

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