Heart & Vascular Services
Your heart is always on our mind. Altru's Heart and Vascular Services offers comprehensive heart and vascular care from more than 20 providers at locations convenient for you. As your health partner, our goal is to help you lead a heart-healthy, enjoyable life.
Altru's Heart and Vascular Services are based in Grand Forks, with specialists throughout the region.
The bad news: heart disease is the number one cause of death in America, killing more people each year than AIDS and all forms of cancer combined.
The good news: 80 percent of heart disease is preventable. And, prevention is easier than you might think. These simple lifestyle changes can have life-saving impact.
- Get quality sleep. Small differences, like changing your bedtime routine or turning off screens at night, can make a big difference. Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. If you are having trouble sleeping, contact Altru’s Sleep Center.
- Eat healthfully. Boost your heart health by eating at least five servings of vegetables and fruits every day. Need help? Contact Altru’s registered dietitians.
- Be physically active. If you’re not already hitting the gym regularly, start small by going for short walks throughout the day. As always, check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
- If you smoke, quit. Smoking cessation is particularly important in controlling and preventing heart disease. For more information about quitting, visit with Altru’s tobacco cessation specialists.
- Know your numbers. Blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and weight can all play a factor in heart health. Schedule regular appointments with your doctor to keep tabs on these key numbers.
- Manage stress. Under stress, you may react with unhealthy behaviors, like skipping a workout, overeating or smoking. Relax or do something you enjoy for at least 10 minutes daily.
Learn more about wellness and prevention services available at the Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics.
Altru built its first self-contained catheterization laboratory (cath lab) in 1988. That same year, Altru introduced an area of open-heart surgical services to cardiology patients in Grand Forks.
- Anticoagulation Clinic
Altru’s Anticoagulation Clinic provides special anti-clotting therapy through standardized medication, monitoring protocols and patient education.
Altru boasts three state-of-the-art cardiac cath labs providing outpatient and inpatient cardiology care. Services include education, diagnostic examinations, treatment and interventions.
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
Our cardiac rehabilitation program offers a mix of exercise, education and risk factor modification to patients who are recovering from heart attack, stroke or cardiothoracic surgery.
Our electrophysiology ablation procedures treat common arrhythmia such as supraventricular tachycardia, atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation.
- Heart Surgery
Altru’s cardiothoracic team specializes in surgical intervention for diseases of the chest. A wide array of surgeries is offered, including coronary artery bypass and valve repair or replacement.
- Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiologists perform minimally invasive procedures using image guidance, providing visual road maps to safely guide instruments through the body.
- Vascular Laboratory
Altru's Vascular Laboratory offers an evaluation of circulatory disturbances involving blood flow to the brain, arms, hands, legs and feet.
- Vascular Surgery
Altru’s skilled vascular surgeons perform noninvasive diagnostic tests, medical treatments, minimally invasive procedures and open surgeries when necessary.
Our comprehensive team of heart health specialists includes:
- Heart and vascular surgeons
- Interventional radiologists
- Technical staff and other support professionals
Combining expertise and compassion, we strive to provide the best care for your heart.
Patient Perception of Care
Altru’s Heart and Vascular Services patients tell the story of our care better than any award. Hear about our cardiology patient experiences:
“I was so impressed with the care that I didn’t even want to go home.”
“They saved my life, twice. I can’t say enough for what they’ve done.”
“Everything must have run like clockwork, or I wouldn’t be here.”
Silver Award for Cardiac Care
In 2014, Altru Health System received the American College of Cardiology for Cardiac Care-Silver Award. We are one of only 139 hospitals nationwide to receive this honor. Every minute counts to lower a heart attack patient’s risk of death and serious damage to the heart. To achieve this distinction, we focused on lowering the time it took to open the blocked cardiac artery. Through improvements on the STEMI process, our team has reduced the average time from 60.5 minutes to 47 minutes. Learn more.
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Altru's Heart and Vascular Services features state-of-the-art equipment and operating rooms, three cardiac cath (catheterization) labs and specialized exam rooms for echocardiography and stress testing.