PREPARATION FOR YOUR PROCEDURE
This procedure will take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2hours and will take place in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Allen Hospital. Depending on the procedural outcome, angioplasty or stent placement may be necessary.
THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE:
DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight before your scheduled procedure date. You may have sips of water to take your
You may have many questions when it comes to the subject of stents. Are stents a better option than surgery? Which stent is right for you? Or should your coronary artery disease (CAD) be treated with medication alone? The Cedar Valley Cardiovascular Center and the American College of Cardiology encourages you to talk with your cardiologist to find the right option for you. CAD can cause a vari
A Cardioversion is a brief procedure where the heart is given a shock to convert the heart into a normal rhythm. This procedure lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes. For all procedures, we ask that you arrive at the hospital 1 ½ hours prior to procedures. This procedure is usually done as out-patient procedure ( patient goes home the same day).
BEFORE YOUR CARDIOVERSION
This procedure is done if y
A TEE allows your provider to have a clearer image of the inside of the heart and valves using a long, narrow tube that is inserted in your mouth and down your esophagus (tube that leads from your mouth to your stomach). A transducer is attached to the end of the long tube. It sends waves to a computer that produces the images of the heart.
WHAT DOES A TEE DETERMINE?
A TEE determines if
A tilt table is done if you have recurrent fainting spells. This test is done to determine how your body responds to changes in position. During the test, you lie on the table that can be inverted at different angles while your blood pressure, heart rate and symptoms can be monitored. The tilt table test is done to induce (bring on) fainting spells under a controlled environment. The upright posit
What is it: This test is a study of the heart's electrical system that allows the electrophysiologist to point out any abnormal parts of the heart that may be causing a rhythm disorder. Electrode catheters are inserted into different sites in the heart to sense and record electrical activity as well as to pace the heart beat by including certain arrhythmia's in a monitored setting. Takes 1-4 hours
What is it:
A pacemaker is a small electronic device implanted into the upper chest that is used for people who have a slow heartrate (bradycardia), pauses or heart block. This procedure is done under local anesthesia. One or more leads are inserted through a vein and placed in the heart where it will carry electrical impulses from the pulse generator (pacemaker) to the heart. When a patient's
What is it:
An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a small electronic device implanted into the upper chest that is used for life-threatening arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation and/or cardiac arrest. ICD's can also be beneficial to those that have a history of heart attacks, heart failure, a weakened heart or an inherited defect of the heart's electr
What is it: Cardiac resynchronization therapy device is a small electronic device implanted into the upper chest that is used to treat (not cure) a weakened heart (heart failure). The CRT device delivers small electronic impulses to the heart chambers making the heart beat in sync and more efficiently. In turn, this allows the heart to pump additional blood to meet the body's needs. Weakening of t
What is it: Catheter ablation is a non-surgical, relatively low risk procedure used to correct abnormal heart rhythms. An electrophysiologist inserts an electrode catheter into the heart to ablate (burn or freeze) a part of the pathway that is causing the abnormal rhythm. Once the catheter is placed near the pathway causing the abnormal heart rhythm, the tip of the catheter is then heated (or cool
Cardiac Rehabilitation (rehab) is an individualized program of exercise and education to help patients with heart disease obtain an optimal state of health. Allen staff work with each patient and their provider to develop an individualized plan of care.
Cardiac Rehab consists of two parts:
EXERCISE TRAINING to help you exercise safely, strengthen your muscles and get your energy back. Cardiac
The collective medical expertise of three outstanding healthcare systems come together to bring the best cardiac surgery care to the Cedar Valley.
Heart surgery is performed by the fellowship-trained and board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons from Gundersen Health System. Gundersen is a Thomson Reuters Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital and recipient of Healthgrades® 2013 Excellence Awards™ in
Coronary artery bypass surgery is a treatment option for ischemic heart disease which is when too little blood reaches the heart muscle. Coronary surgery is recommended for:
Disease of the left main coronary artery
Disease of three or more vessels (triple vessel disease)
People who have not had success with nonsurgical management (medication, angioplasty and/or stenting)
Minimally invasive coronary surgery (MICS) is an innovative technique to perform multiple heart bypasses through a small incision. That means surgeons do not have to “crack open the chest” as they do with traditional open heart surgery, and patients recover in about half the time.
Gundersen Health System's cardiothoracic surgeon Prem Rabindranauth, MD, FACS, [link to his existing bio on your
During heart valve surgery, one or more valves are repaired or replaced. Repair means that the valve is mended to help it work better. Replacement means your diseased valve is removed and a new valve is inserted in its place. Your surgeon will talk with you about your surgery and any other procedures you may need. For minimally invasive valve surgery, incisions made in your chest are much smaller
Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive option that allows the doctor to diagnose and treat problems inside your chest. VATS allows the doctor to see inside your chest without making a big cut.
Specialized surgical instruments are inserted into the chest cavity through three or four small incisions. One of the instruments, a thoracoscope, has a tiny camera and transmi
Carotid endarterectomy (ka-ROT-id END-ar-ter-EK-to-me), or CEA, is a type of surgery that is used to prevent strokes in people who have carotid artery disease Carotid artery disease occurs if plaque (plak) builds up in the two large arteries on each side of your neck (the carotid arteries). The carotid arteries supply your brain with oxygen-rich blood.Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calci
Sleep Apnea is defined as a temporary stop of breathing during sleep. This may also be accompanied by fatigue, tiredness, snoring and/or waking up short of breath or gasping for air. Sleep apnea may be diagnosed by a polysomnogram (PSG) or sleep study. A sleep study requires an overnight stay in a sleep clinic. You will be hooked up to many wires that monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, oxyge
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting- Is a type of surgery to treat blocked heart arteries by creating new passages for blood to flow to your heart muscle. It works by taking healthy arteries or veins from your body — called grafts — and using them to reroute and “bypass” the blood around the clogged artery. Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is done if there are severe blockages, several b
Video Assisted Thoracoscopy with pleuradesis- A video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) may be done before or instead of a thoracotomy. This procedure involves inserting a long, thin tube (videoscope) with a camera attached and small surgical instruments into your chest through small cuts made between your ribs.
The VATS method may be used to:
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