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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (North Crossing)

2134 Logan Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50703

Current Estimated Wait:
1 hr 4 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (San Marnan)

1655 East San Marnan Drive
Waterloo, IA 50702

Current Estimated Wait:
0 hr 59 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Viking Road)

1000 Brandilynn Blvd
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Current Estimated Wait:
1 hr 45 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waverly)

101 Cedar River Pkwy 101
Waverly, IA 50677

Current Estimated Wait:
1 hr 38 min

Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

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.

Stories from the Allen Heart and Vascular Center

It's not just about having an open heart surgery program, it's about quality, expertise and innovation that saves lives. Read stories about how we have helped patients and their families for more than 30 years.

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Procedures

Cardiac  Thoracic Vascular
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Thorascopic wedge resection Abdomen aortic aneurysm repair
Aortic valve repair
Decortication Ascending thoracis aortic aneurysm repair
Mitral valve repair/replacement Lobectomy Iliac stent 
Minimally invasive mitral valve repair/replacement  Pneumonectomy Fem-pop bypass
Thoracic aneurysm repair  Chest wall mass resection Subclavian stents
Aortic dissection repair  Chest wall fractures (ribs/sternum) Femoral endarterctomy
Aortic transection repair Thymectomy  Carotid endarterectomy
Atrial septal defect repair Thorascopic sympathectomy Carotid body tumor resection
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) Repair or diaphragmatic defect  
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Diaphragmatic plication  
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The Allen Heart & Vascular Center opened in 2009 to centralize all heart care in one facility and is specifically designed for heart patients and their families. Along with the physicians at the Cedar Valley Cardiovascular Center, Allen Hospital is often recognized as one of the top heart care programs in the nation.

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.