Heart Surgeries & Treatments
As Cedar Rapids' Heart Hospital, St. Luke's has performed open heart surgery for more than 40 years. For patients with severe arterial blockage, it can be
life-saving treatment. St. Luke's accredited Chest Pain Center
also offers the newest, most effective procedures and the latest
technology, including several minimally invasive techniques listed below.
In 2016, St. Luke's Hospital became the first Cedar Rapids hospital to perform, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Often, aortic valve replacement was completed through open heart surgery; TAVR is a less-invasive procedure that does not require open heart surgery.
We are also the only hospital in Cedar Rapids to offer the MitraClip and Shockwave. MitraClip is a minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery that's used for patients who are diagnosed with mitral regurgitation (a leaky mitral valve). Shockwave is a new way of opening blocked arteries for those who have severe heart disease. The catheter-based procedure delivers sonic pressure waves to fracture the buildup of calcified plaque and reestablish blood flow.
As a trusted leader, we continue to specialize in innovation and apply the latest technology.
To treat arterial blockages, balloon angioplasty uses a small,
inflatable device that opens a narrowed artery. Once the artery is opened with angioplasty, stents may be inserted. A
stent presses the plaque against the artery wall to keep the artery
open. Because scar tissue can develop around the stent, some patients
may receive stents that release medicine to prevent it.
Similar to angioplasty, Shockwave involves the insertion of a catheter and an emitter through the wrist or leg arteries. When the device is turned on, it sends a pulse into the vessel wall to break down the hardened material. The artery can then be more easily expanded and a stent implanted. Shockwave, also known as intravascular lithotripsy (IVL), is based on lithotripsy technology, the process used to safely break up kidney stones.
A potentially life-saving treatment for patients with arrhythmia
(which is an irregular heartbeat), cryoablation freezes the heart tissue
temporarily in order to restore normal rhythm. A minimally invasive
procedure, it allows the doctor to locate and repair the source of the
arrhythmia without damaging the heart. It is performed on an outpatient
basis in just a few hours, and patients can resume normal activities in a
matter of days.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
Patients who experience more serious arrhythmia may benefit from a
defibrillator. This heartbeat-regulating device is implanted under the
skin of the upper chest.
Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP)
For patients with angina, EECP uses inflatable external cuffs placed
on the legs to create natural bypasses around clogged arteries. This
treatment increases blood flow to the heart and can greatly reduce and
even eliminate the almost paralyzing pain that accompanies angina.
For more information on any of these therapies and treatment options, talk with your doctor, email us or call (319) 369-7318.