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UnityPoint Health - Trinity Exceptional Heart Care

Exceptional Heart Care

Choosing the right hospital to care for your heart could be one of the most important decisions of your life. At UnityPoint Health - Trinity, we provide comprehensive cardiology care with a full spectrum of diagnostic and interventional services.

Specializes in Diagnosing and Treating Patients with Heart Disease

The Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Lab at Trinity Regional Medical Center specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with heart disease. The Cardiac Catheterization Lab staff works in conjunction with cardiologists and surgeons from Iowa Heart Center to provide quality care close to home. The Cardiac Cath Lab also works closely with the Emergency Room and Ambulance Service at Trinity Regional Medical Center and area hospitals to provide life-saving care to heart attack patients - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Cardiac Catheterization Lab offers:

  • Angiography - Checking the aorta, main artery of the body, for blockage and disease.
  • Cardioversion - Delivering an electrical shock to the heart to change its rhythm.
  • Coronary Angiography - Checking the heart arteries for blockages.
  • Coronary Artery Balloon Angioplasty and/or Stenting with Drug-Eluting and Bare Metal Stents - Repairing blocked heart arteries with a balloon and/or stents, tiny metal tubes that hold an artery open.
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator - Placing a device in the body to help the heart's rhythm and deliver a shock to the heart to stop life-threatening conditions.
  • Left Heart Cath with Ventricular Angiography - Measuring the pressures and function of the main pumping chamber of the heart and its valves.
  • Pacemaker Insertion - Placing a device in the body to help the heart's rhythm.
  • Pericardiocentesis - Removal of fluid from around the heart.
  • Pulmonary Angiography - Checking the arteries that take blood to the lungs.
  • Right Heart Cath - Measuring the function of the right side of the heart and its valves. 

A Wide Variety of Diagnostic Tests

The Trinity Cardiovascular Lab is an ICA Accredited Lab in Echocardiography staffed by ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) registered sonographers using state-of-the-art equipment. 

The Cardiovascular Lab is located on the first floor of Trinity Regional Medical Center. Patients should use the northwest entrance of the hospital (Entrance C) to register and then take the elevator up one floor to the Cardiovascular Lab for testing.

A wide variety of tests are offered through the Cardiovascular Lab:

  • Lexiscan Stress Test - Is a test that uses the medication Regadenoson to make the heart beat faster. This test is used for patients who cannot walk on the treadmill. Patients should follow their doctor's directions to prepare for the test.
  • Dobutamine Stress Echo - Is a test that uses a drug called Dobutamine to increase the heart rate. This test is for patients that cannot walk on the treadmill. Pictures of the heart are taken before, during and after the drug is started. Patients should follow their doctor's directions to prepare for the test.
  • Echocardiogram - Is an ultrasound of the heart and the blood traveling through the heart. Heart function, heart murmurs, fluid around the heart and heart size can all be evaluated with this test. No preparation is necessary for this test.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) - Is a test that records electrical signals from your heart. The pattern of these signals tell the doctor whether your heart is normal, under stress or experiencing electrical problems, strain or damage. No preparation is necessary for this test.
  • Event Monitoring - Is a painless way to record a patient's heartbeat. The monitor is a small box that records an EKG. Patients carry the box with them for 30 days. No preparation is necessary for this test.
  • Exercise Test (sometimes called Stress Test) - Is a test that shows how the heart reacts to exercise and records the patient's heartbeat while walking on a treadmill. Patients should wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and follow directions from their doctor to prepare for the test.
  • Holter Monitoring - Is a painless way to record a patient's heartbeat. The monitor is a small box that records an EKG that the patient carries with them for 24 hours. No preparation is necessary for this test.
  • Renal Duplex (ultrasound of the kidneys) - Is an ultrasound of the kidneys and the blood vessels that bring blood to the kidneys. Patients with high blood pressure for long periods of time or kidney failure are candidates for this test. Patients should follow their doctor's directions to prepare for the test.
  • Stress Echo - Is a test that looks at the function of the heart. During a stress echo patients walk on a treadmill to increase their heart rate. Using a flat-headed probe, pictures of the heart are taken before walking on the treadmill and immediately after the treadmill has stopped. Patients should wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and follow their doctor's directions to prepare for the test.
  • TEE (Transesophageal echocardiogram) - Is an ultrasound of the heart using a small probe that is swallowed by the patient. Pictures of the heart are much clearer with this test. Patients should follow the directions from their doctor to prepare for the test.
  • Venous Duplex - Is an ultrasound of the veins of the arms or legs. Patients with pain or swelling in the arms or legs are candidates for this test. No preparation is necessary for this test
  • Aortoiliac Duplex (ultrasound of the aorta) - Is an ultrasound of the aorta (large blood vessel in the abdomen) and the iliac arteries, which bring blood to the legs. Patients should follow their doctor's directions to prepare for this test.
  • Arterial Doppler Studies - Is a test that can be performed on the arms or legs. Patients with pain when walking, pain in arms or legs or sores on toes and feet are candidates for this test. No preparation is necessary for this test.
  • Carotid Duplex (ultrasound of blood vessels in neck) - Is an ultrasound of the carotid arteries in the neck. Patients with stroke-like symptoms (weakness or numbness of arm or leg, blurred or double vision, slurred speech or dizziness) are candidates for this test. No preparation is necessary.

Rehabilitating Cardiac Patients

Cardiac Rehab is a program for people who have had a heart attack, stent placement, angina, heart pain, heart bypass surgery, heart valve surgery or heart transplant surgery. There are three phases to the Cardiac Rehab program.

Phase I Cardiac Rehabilitation - Inpatient Cardiac Rehab

Phase I Cardiac Rehab begins while the patient is in the hospital. The program includes basic cardiac education and an exercise program ordered by a physician.

Phase II Cardiac Rehab - Outpatient Cardiac Rehab

Phase II Cardiac Rehab includes an exercise and education program for cardiac patients and those considered at high risk for heart disease. Many people in the program have been in the hospital recently for a heart problem such as heart attack or heart surgery. A physician referral is needed for the program. The program includes heart monitored exercise, education and counseling for patients and family members.

Phase III - Maintenance Cardiac Rehab

The Phase III program provides an exercise program for continuing and maintaining the healthy habits of the Phase II program. It is a self pay program available three days per week. Education is provided, as needed. A physician referral is required for admission to the program