Invasive Testing & Interventions
Dedicated catheterization labs.
St. Anthony North Health Campus offers invasive testing in dedicated heart and vascular labs with areas of specialization including:
- Full angiographic diagnostics including wave wire and intravascular ultrasound
- Cardiac catheterization labs including balloon, stent, drug-eluting stent, rotoblator TM , angiojet TM , DCA, cutting balloon, brachy therapy, percusurge and filter-wire procedures
- Permanent pacemaker implants including dual chamber, AICD and biventricular pacing
The cardiovascular catheterization labs at St. Anthony North Health Campus are available for critical interventions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Non-Invasive Cardiac Testing
Evaluating Cardiac Conditions
The Cardiovascular Care Team at St. Anthony North Health Campus evaluates and treats each patient who presents with signs of cardiac distress.
Some of the non-invasive procedures are performed to evaluate various cardiac conditions from coronary artery disease, heart arrhythmias to valve disease. Tests include:
- Cardiac calcium score - Using a special state-of-the-art, high-speed CT scanner, we look inside the heart and its arteries for calcium build-up. This proven technology measures and scores the amount of blockage in the coronary arteries and helps determine your risk for heart disease.
- Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - Magnets and radio waves display pictures of the heart
- Echocardiogram - Creates a picture of the heart using sound waves.
- Echocardiography with Dobutomine - Dubutomine is a drug that makes the heart respond as if the patient were exercising.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) - electrodes record the electrical activity of the heart.
- Graded Exercise Testing / Stress Test (with or without nuclear medicine imaging) - While exercising (typically on a treadmill or bicycle) an EKG measures the heart's electrical activity in conjunction with a blood pressure reading, which combined measure the body's need for an increase in oxygen.
- Holter Monitor - Worn for one to two days, this monitor records the heart's rhythms during normal activities.
- Tilt Table Test - While hooked up to an EKG machine, patients, with the aid of a table move from lying down to standing up.
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) - A scope is guided down the esophagus to provide a two-dimension echocardiogram.
- Ultrasound (for abdominal aneurysm) - Sound waves create pictures of the body.
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Do you have any of the following symptoms? If so, even if mild or intermittent, they can be indicators of peripheral vascular disease and should not be ignored as a normal part of aging.
Peripheral vascular disease can result in a variety of conditions, often treatable and manageable through the comprehensive vascular program at St. Anthony North Hospital.
- Poor leg circulation
- Leg pain, numbness or weakness
- Painful cramping in the hip, thigh or calf muscle after activity
- Swelling of the legs
- Change of color in the legs
- Coldness in lower leg or foot
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
- Non-healing wounds, especially on legs, feet or toes
- Weak pulse in legs or feet
- Shiny skin on the legs
- Blood clots
- Hair loss or slow hair growth
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) or Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a chronic condition that affects blood vessels outside of the heart. Symptoms and conditions related to PVD include peripheral artery disease, atherosclerosis, varicose veins, non-healing wounds and other conditions that over time can result in heart disease and stroke.
Components of the St. Anthony North Hospital Vascular Program Include:
- Vascular Diagnostics - On-site, non-invasive diagnostics and testing allows for more immediate diagnosis of vascular and circulatory conditions and ability to determine treatment options.
- Vascular Treatments and Interventions - Radiologists and Cardiologists provide catheter based treatment options for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
- Follow Up and Ongoing Care for PVD - The wound care center, vein treatment center, cardiac rehabilitation program and diabetes wellness program are all services that provide follow up and ongoing treatments that may be necessary to treat PVD related conditions such as non-healing wounds and varicose veins.
- Vascular Disease Education, Screenings and Support - Various screenings, classes and support groups are available to patients and the community.
A Vascular Center of Excellence, St. Anthony North Hospital offers a multi-specialty team approach to providing patients access to diagnostic, treatment / intervention and educational services necessary to treat and manage peripheral vascular disease. Our vascular program offers patients the benefit of accessing a wide range of providers and procedures in one location, simplifying treatment for patients and improving providers ability to provide more immediate access the necessary testing and procedures.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Helping you recover and return to as full and productive a life as possible after a cardiac event. Our comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides preventive services along with a variety of rehabilitation options for those impacted by cardiovascular disease.