Heart Surgery and Treatments
At UnityPoint Health – Peoria, you get state-of-the-art heart surgery and treatments in a warm, welcoming environment. Your heart matters to us.
There are several treatment options for most heart conditions, and we offer a wide array of therapies. We use advanced diagnostic options to find the cause of the problem, and we offer the latest treatments to help you feel better.
Why Choose UnityPoint Health – Peoria for Heart Disease?
You will be in the capable hands of a caring team of heart specialists, including electrophysiologists, cardiologists, and heart failure and heart valve specialists. We understand heart disease and how to treat it.
We also have partnerships with academic medical centers in Chicago and St. Louis. Working with these larger hospitals provides access to additional expertise while allowing you to receive most of your care in the community.
Heart Surgeries and Treatments We Offer
Your treatment plan will depend on the type and severity of the heart condition. We'll use imaging and other tests to determine your treatment plan. You may need one treatment, or your care may include several different options. Our heart team will create a plan that works best for you and your overall health.
Heart treatments we offer include:
We use open-heart surgery to treat some heart conditions. Surgery may be right for coronary artery disease, heart attack and heart valve disorders. Surgeries we perform with an open approach include:
- Cardiac bypass surgery grafting (CABG): Bypass surgery creates new routes around blocked or narrowed arteries.
- Pacemaker implants: Pacemakers are small electrical devices that control your heartbeat.
- Stent placements or angioplasty: We insert small tubes called stents or use angioplasty to open blocked blood vessels.
Our cardiac surgeons partner with the cardiothoracic surgery program at Washington University in St. Louis. This partnership allows us access to the newest surgical techniques and treatments. Your care may benefit from the expertise of a second opinion without extra appointments and wait time.
We insert high-tech heart devices to manage and treat heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias), including atrial fibrillation. These devices require surgery. Most include wires called leads that we insert into the heart.
Devices we implant include:
- Pacemakers: We use these devices to control irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias).
- Biventricular pacemakers: These devices treat heart failure or other conditions that affect the heart muscle.
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators: Also called ICDs, these devices can treat arrhythmias. If it detects a dangerous heart rhythm, the device can provide an electric shock to the heart.
- Biventricular ICDs: These specialized ICDs combine the features of a pacemaker and defibrillator. We use them to treat people with heart failure who are at risk for developing ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.
Other arrhythmia treatments we offer include:
- Ablation: During an ablation, we safely create small scars on heart tissue that is causing an arrhythmia. The resulting scar tissue blocks the signal that causes abnormal heart rhythms.
- Cardioversion: We use electrodes placed on the chest to send electrical signals that restore the heart's regular rhythm. We can also perform cardioversion using medication.
Minimally invasive procedures
We perform many minimally invasive procedures in our cardiac catheterization lab. These procedures use tiny incisions and typically require a shorter recovery time. Your doctor will let you know if a minimally invasive procedure is a good option for you.
Less invasive treatments we offer include:
- Stent placement: Stents are tiny metal or plastic tubes we place inside a blood vessel to keep it from clogging up. We use a stenting procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to treat chronic total occlusion, a complete blockage of the arteries.
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR): TAVR is a procedure to replace an aortic valve that won't open properly. This heart valve problem results from aortic valve stenosis. Find out about the heart conditions we treat.
Many people with heart conditions benefit from cardiac rehabilitation after they recover from surgery or other treatment. Your doctor may prescribe cardiac rehab if you are diagnosed with a heart attack or heart failure, or if you've had a heart procedure. Find out more about cardiac rehabilitation.
Find a heart specialist. Or, for more information, connect with a member of our heart team by calling us at 309-672-4670.