Heart Care

UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital
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Allen Hospital Cardiovascular Center

Allen Hospital and our team of cardiologists form the only comprehensive heart care center in the Cedar Valley.

The physicians and staff are committed to the highest level of heart care for patients in Northeast Iowa while offering a wide range of services including:

  • Cardiovascular and thoracic surgery (open heart)
  • Cardiovascular imaging
  • Electrophysiology
  • Advanced heart failure treatment and care
    • Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP)
    • Treadmill stress test
    • Holter monitor and event recorder
  • Heart disease prevention
  • Peripheral and vascular therapies
  • Sleep apnea clinic
  • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation

Award-Winning Care

Allen Hospital is often recognized as one of the top heart care programs in the region and nationwide based on fewer complications, better outcomes and patient satisfaction. Thanks to that tradition of excellence, we continue to expand capabilities that allow patients to receive specialized care close to home.

Becker's Hospital Review 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs
The hospitals and health care systems included on this list are national leaders when it comes to multiple aspects of cardiovascular care. They have received recognition for clinical excellence for certain procedures such as heart bypass and valve surgeries and treatment of heart failure and heart attack patients.
Truven Health Analytics Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital
This independent, quantitative study of U.S. hospitals with cardiovascular service lines uses objective analytics and public data to determine award winners. Allen Hospital has been acknowledged four times, including back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014.
Primary Stroke Center Certification
The Joint Commission is the accrediting organization that reviews and certifies healthcare organizations in the United States for meeting certain performance standards. Allen Hospital has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center since 2013.
American College of Cardiology Platinum Performance Achievement Award
Allen Hospital received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award in 2013. The recognition is a risk-adjusted, outcomes-based quality improvement program that focuses exclusively on high-risk STEMI/NSTEMI patients.
Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI
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Hospitals awarded this designation have Primary PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) available all day every day. This means we have a call team made up of the cardiac catheterization lab staff and an interventional cardiologist who arrive to the facility within 30 minutes of STEMI activation.

Allen Hospital — A Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital

Assess Your Risk

In five quick minutes, you can learn your risk for a heart attack or stroke with this assessment from the American Heart Association. If you are at risk, we can help you get on the path to a stronger, healthier you.
   

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Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Clinic

Dr. Bhavik Patel leads the area's only open-heart surgery program. Experience matters, and the surgery team at Allen Hospital has completed more than 7,000 open heart procedures.
   

Meet Our Open-Heart Surgery Team

Cardiovascular & Thoracic Procedures
Cardiac
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Aortic valve repair
  • Mitral valve repair/replacement
  • Minimally invasive mitral valve repair/replacement
  • Thoracic aneurysm repair
  • Aortic dissection repair
  • Aortic transection repair
  • Atrial septal defect repair
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Thoracic
  • Thorascopic wedge resection
  • Decortication
  • Lobectomy
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Chest wall mass resection
  • Chest wall fractures (ribs/sternum)
  • Thymectomy
  • Thorascopic sympathectomy
  • Repair or diaphragmatic defect
  • Diaphragmatic plication
  • Pericardial window
Vascular
  • Abdomen aortic aneurysm repair
  • Ascending thoracis aortic aneurysm repair
  • Iliac stent
  • Fem-pop bypass
  • Subclavian stents
  • Femoral endarterctomy
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Carotid body tumor resection
Lung Nodule Clinic

We offer evaluation and intervention for lung nodules at the Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Clinic. A lung nodule is a small irregularity within lung tissue that can be round or oval-shaped and malignant or benign.

Lung nodules are often discovered through scans ordered for other conditions or because of risk factors for lung cancer, including:

  • Smoking or vaping
  • Exposure to radon or asbestos
  • Previous radiation therapy
  • Family history of cancer

Nodules measuring 6mm or greater require further testing and/or CT scans. The lung nodule clinic will facilitate the evaluation, follow up and biopsies of irregularities as clinically indicated.

Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery at Allen Hospital

Heart Care History at Allen Hospital