Arrhythmia Management Program
Our comprehensive Arrhythmia Management Program involves all aspects of current diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. These include drug therapy, electrophysiologic testing, pacemakers, defibrillators, and radiofrequency ablation.
Cardiac Cath Lab
The Cardiac Cath Lab offers state-of-the-art technology and treatment for heart disease. Two coronary digital labs are dedicated to offering coronary and peripheral catheter based procedures - both diagnostic and therapeutic. Coronary angiography, percutaneous intervention, rotational atherectomy, cutting balloon angioplasty and coronary stent implantation (drug eluting stents) are performed.
The Cath Lab offers acute treatment of coronary artery disease. In-stent restenosis (clogging in the artery at the site of previous stent placement) is treated in the lab by balloon angioplasty and localized radiation treatment inside the artery (intravascular brachytherapy). Invasive assessment of coronary lesions can be done via pressure wire for fractional flow reserve and with intravascular ultrasound.
The Cath Lab also offers electrophysiology procedures and the implantation of the newest pacemakers and intracardiac defibrillators. Arrhythmias are diagnosed and treated with the most current technology, including 3D mapping.
The HCMC Cath Lab staff are talented and dedicated team members under the direction of Dr. Fouad Bachour, who brings many years of experience and expertise to the lab. The Cath Lab participates in the American College of Cardiology data registry. Outcomes are compared nationally and demonstrate excellent results.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is offered for hospitalized patients and as an out patient service. The outpatient service is a nationally certified program for monitored exercise and education for the cardiovascular(heart) patient.
An entire team of specially trained and skilled clinicians work together to help the patient manage their heart condition. The goal of the rehabilitation program is to help the patient return to the best possible physical condition so they feel stronger, have more energy, and decrease their risk for future heart problems.
Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation offers individualized, comprehensive care and follow-up care to the cardiovascular patient. The program provides monitored exercise and education with an emphasis on risk factor modification and lifestyle management.
Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP)
EECP is a non-surgical treatment for people with coronary artery disease and chest pain (angina). For many patients, medications alone are not enough to control symptoms of angina. Often, these symptoms can be treated with bypass surgery or with angioplasty and stenting of the coronary arteries. However, these procedures are sometimes too dangerous for patients or simply not possible due to the nature of the blockages present in the coronary arteries.
EECP is an ideal option for patients who are unable to undergo surgery or angioplasty or for those who have ongoing chest pain despite such procedures. EECP consists of a series of pressure cuffs that are attached to the legs and thighs. These cuffs rapidly inflate and deflate timed to each heart beat and increases blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatments are performed on a daily basis for one hour each day over a seven-week treatment period. These treatments may stimulate the growth of collateral blood vessels in the heart (naturally bypassing the blockages in the coronary arteries) and result in long-lasting improvements in angina. Other benefits of EECP may include an increase in energy, increased exercise tolerance, decreased symptoms of heart failure and decreased need for medications designed to treat angina.
EECP was approved by the FDA in 1995 for the treatment of angina in patients with coronary artery disease. Medicare and most private insurance companies will pay for EECP treatment. However, the level of reimbursement may very between insurance companies and you should check with your insurance provider for details.
EECP may not be for everyone. Talk with your physician to see if you may qualify for EECP or call 612-873-5569 for more information.
The Coronary Care Unit specializes in the treatment of heart attacks, severe heart failure, and heart rhythm problems. The CCU's mission is to provide quality care to patients and their families in a progressive, cardiovascular intensive care setting. To achieve this mission, we are committed to:
- Basing our practice on medical and nursing research.
- Promoting health for our patients and families to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Acting as advocates for our patients and families.
Our 28-bed Telemetry Unit, located on the sixth floor of the Orange Building, specializing in Cardiac and Renal Care. Services include:
- Patient evaluation for coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, heart rhythm irregularities, and other heart and renal diseases.
- Nurse Practitioner support for congestive heart failure patients.
- Multi-disciplinary team that coordinates quality discharge planning to provide the best outcomes for our patients.
- Registered nurses who are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Monitoring and Imaging Services
- Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory
- ECG Laboratory
- Coronary CT Angiography
- Cardiac MRI
The Echocardiography Laboratory, the Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory, and the ECG Laboratory offer a full range of ECG monitoring and non-invasive imaging services. These include holter and event monitoring, comprehensive stress testing with ECG monitoring, echocardiography, exercise cardiography, exercise perfusion scintigraphy, and pharmacological stress testing. The Echocardiography Laboratory is certified by ICAEL (Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardio-graphy Laboratories. Advanced cardiac imaging at Hennepin County Medical Center includes state of the art 256 slice prospective gating coronary CT angiography as well as cardiac MRI.