Inside St. Luke's OR: When is Open Heart Surgery Needed?
Recognized nationally, our heart care team from St. Luke's ER to the cardiology and open heart surgery team, ensure patients receive the most advanced cardiac treatments. Ever wonder how doctors make the decision that a patient needs open-heart surgery rather than a stent?
Drs. James Levett, Physicians' Clinic of Iowa cardiothoracic surgeon (retired), and Ryan Sundermann, UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital Emergency Department medical director, talk about how the diagnosis is made, along with what happens during open-heart surgery and the teamwork between St. Luke's ER team and the UnityPoint Health - Heart & Vascular Institute.
Why choose the Cedar Rapids Heart Hospital?
- Named a Top 50 Heart Hospital six times - more than any other Cedar Rapids hospital
- Accredited Chest Pain Center
- Fast heart attack care – 13 minutes from entering the Emergency Room to clearing a blockage in the cath lab – St. Luke's fastest-recorded time clearing blocked arteries
- Home of the Cedar Rapids Heart and Vascular Institute, leading the way in heart care advances, technology and research studies
- Experienced team of cardiologists
- Experience matters: St. Luke's has been performing open heart surgery for more than 40 years
- Long history of being a leader and innovator in heart care excellence
St. Luke's can help assess your risk for heart problems and give you the tools you need to improve your heart health.
- Call (319) 369-8129 to sign up for St. Luke's Heart Check. Five easy tests assess your heart, vascular and stroke health.
- Call (319) 369-8909 to schedule a Heart Scan identifies calcified plaque in your coronary arteries and assesses your heart's health. There are no injections, treadmills or pre-test fasting.
- Check your heart health and talk to your provider about heart disease risk factors.