Heart & Vascular Services
Comprehensive. Collaborative. Caring.
Those are the qualities you’ll find as a patient if you need cardiovascular care. We offer a broad selection of services that can take you through consultation, diagnostics, procedure and follow-up. Our team members will help make sure you’re getting the care and attention you deserve. In fact, we have several specialists on-call, 24/7 to help answer any of your questions or concerns.
Here’s a look at some key features of our department:
Minimally invasive surgery options for patients
Known as TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement), this is an option for aortic valve replacement patients, who are at high surgical risk for valve replacement. The procedure fixes the valve without removing the damaged valve. TAVR is a minimally invasive option, where patients enjoy fewer nights in the hospital and faster recovery time. We’ve had hundreds of patients undergo this procedure and so many of them tell us their quality of life has improved dramatically because of it.
Reducing stroke risk for AFib patients
Geared for patients who can’t take an anti-coagulate and have nonvalvular AFib, the WATCHMAN implant is an option that reduces stroke risk. With this procedure, a surgeon takes a patient’s left atrial appendage and basically, “plugs it up.” We know that 90 percent of stroke-causing clots that come from the heart are created in the left atrial appendage, so that’s why this procedure has been so effective in reducing stroke risk. Another benefit is that after the procedure, patients no longer have to take warfarin.
Wound care assistance
We work closely with podiatry, wound care and primary care doctors to provide interventions for patients who need their blood flow to be restored to their extremities. That way, we can prevent amputations and ulcers.
We offer patients the chance of remote monitoring through an implantable device. We also want our patients to be heart-healthy, so we give patients electronic scales and their weight is electronically transmitted to their doctor for review.
Explore our Heart Failure Program
The goal for this program is to reduce ER visits and help patients manage their symptoms. We offer both inpatient and outpatient programs. For the inpatient program, our nurse navigators make sure patients are getting the right care at the right time. For the outpatient program, we’re located at our SIH Prarie Heart Institute location in Marion, IL (3905 W Emestine Drive) and SIH St. Joseph’s Memorial Hospital. Every day from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., patients can receive an IV diuretic therapy, medication assistance and explore education programs. We also have a nurse on-call 24/7 for patients.