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Our team of heart care providers work together to provide the Tri-States with access to cardiac care, so more patients can get treatment right here in Dubuque. Our board-certified cardiologists provide quality heart care with fewer complications and better outcomes. We are able to coordinate virtually everything you need, including diagnostic tests, procedures in Finley's cath lab, and rehabilitation in order to keep your heart healthy and strong.
Cardiothoracic surgeon, James Levett, MD, sees referral patients at UnityPoint Health Heart & Lung Surgery, located inside UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology, once per month. Dr. Levett, a cardiothoracic surgeon with more than 40 years of experience has performed more than 5,000 cardiac surgery procedures during his career and is an author and/or contributing author of more than 100 original articles, books, and scientific abstracts.
Arterial blockage is diagnosed during cardiac catheterization. In the cath lab, a catheter is inserted into an artery in your wrist or groin and then threaded through the artery to the heart. Contrast material (similar to a dye) is injected into the coronary arteries to determine whether or not there is a blockage. Cardiologists can use this information to direct treatment plans and options. Once diagnosed, the doctor can remove blockages from the heart or open blood clots in veins located throughout the body.
However, a cath lab is used for more than treating heart attacks. Services may include:
- Checking blood flow in coronary arteries, as well as the pumping action of the heart, and determine how well the heart valves work.
- Discovering diseases in coronary arteries or defects in the heart.
- Opening narrowed coronary arteries.
Finley's cath lab is also used for the treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), a narrowing or blockage of arteries in the legs and arms. In patients with PAD, treatment in the cath lab significantly improves wound healing and prevention of amputation.
Patients who have a pacemaker are able to complete convenient routine follow up care with Finley's Pacemaker Clinic, also located in the cardiac diagnostic area. Pacemaker Clinic is staffed with a nurse specialist who has extensive training on the use of multiple types of devices. Follow up may be in the form of a scheduled in person visit or a phone interview done remotely.
Finley's Heart Scan, also known as calcium scoring, is also offered in the Heart and Vascular Center.