Since 1982, UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital has been providing the Cedar Valley and surrounding communities with the ability to have their cardiac surgery performed close to home. This allows families to be close to their loved ones during this stressful time.
Allen Hospital was ranked one of the 2014 Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the United States by Truven Analytics. Allen,
Sleep Apnea Clinic is offered through the Cedar Valley Cardiovascular Center. Staffed by Lisa L.M. Maher, (link to bio) a doctorate-prepared nurse practitioner, this clinic offers long-term treatment of sleep apnea and sleep-related conditions. We also provide solutions and treatment of home oxygen, CPAP/BiPAP machines, oral devices and/or usage problems. We work in collaboration with the Cedar Va
EECP® Therapy is an outpatient treatment for angina and heart failure. Treatments are usually given for an hour each day, five days a week, for a total of 35 hours. During the treatment, you lie on a comfortable treatment table with large blood pressure-like cuffs wrapped around your legs and buttocks. These cuffs inflate and deflate at specific times between your heartbeats. A continuous elect
A treadmill stress test is used as a screening tool to determine how well your heart responds to exercise.While walking on a treadmill, you are monitored by EKG. We attempt to increase heart rate through a calculate ratio. The treadmill is increased in both speed and incline. EKG and blood pressure readings are monitored throughout the test. Your test will be read and further recommendations m
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We provide follow up care to patients with pacemakers, defibrillators and loop recorders. Once a device is implanted at the hospital, a record of insertion is sent to our device clinic and routine follow up can be arranged. Upon initial discharge from the hospital the patient will be given a follow up appointment with the clinic in approx 2 weeks. At t
Echocardiogram is a noninvasive procedure that utilizes ultrasonic waves to create moving images of your heart. The test will evaluate the heart structures including chamber size and wall thickness, heart motion, and heart valves. It will track the blood flow through the heart and check for fluid around the heart. The test will take approximately 30-60 minutes and will guide your providers in yo
Holter monitor provides a continuous recording of the heart’s rhythm during normal activity. This can be worn for 24-48 hours. Electrodes are placed on your chest and connected to a portable EKG monitor that you can easily carry you. Information gathered will be analyzed by a cardiologist to determine if there is any abnormal heart rhythms.
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An ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a fast and non-invasive test used to assess for peripheral vascular disease. It is done by measuring the blood pressure in both arms and measuring the blood pressures in various areas of the legs with an inflatable cuff. A calculation is then done with these numbers to determine your ABI number. A low number can indicate possible blockage within the leg arteries.
The duration of the test is,The monitor will be mailed to the patient home with instructions on how to place it. When you have the monitor, you are able to shower, just remove the electrodes and then replace afterwards. You do have to sleep with the monitor on and resume normal daily activity.
The stress portion of the test is induced by pharmacological agent called Lexiscan. These agents are given through IV to expand or dilate the coronary arteries, similar to what would happen during exercise. Arteries that have become narrowed will not be able to expand as much as normal arteries. Cardiolite, which is a radioactive tracer that does not contain iodine, is given.
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We offer a variety of vascular ultrasound to evaluate the vascular system .Vascular Technologists use high-frequency sound waves to diagnose, medical conditions. Ultrasound does not produce any radiation or other chemicals and is non-invasive.
Vascular ultrasound is used to look for Aneurysms (ballooning of an artery) or Stenosis (narrowing/blocking) in the blood flow out to every area of the