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For several years, Altru Hospital has been in the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters Healthcare. This award objectively measures performance on key criteria at the nation’s top performing acute-care hospitals. Additionally, our cardiology program has been recognized by HealthGrades for excellent care. 

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American College of Cardiology for Cardiac Care-Silver Award

In 2014, Altru Health System received the American College of Cardiology for Cardiac Care-Silver Award. Altru is one of only 139 hospitals nationwide to receive this honor. For four consecutive quarters Altru met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Every minute counts to lower a heart attack patient’s risk of death and serious damage to the heart. To achieve this distinction, Altru focused on lowering the time it took to open the blocked cardiac artery. Through improvements on the STEMI process, which involves EMS, Altru’s Emergency Room and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Altru has reduced the average time from 60.5 minutes to 47 minutes. Learn more>>

Cath Labs

Altru boasts three state-of-the-art cardiac cath (catheterization) labs which provide outpatient and inpatient cardiology care. These specialized exam rooms contain diagnostic imaging equipment used to visualize the arteries and chambers of the heart. Highly skilled professionals provide:

  • education
  • diagnostic examinations
  • treatment
  • interventions 

Altru's Cardiology team offers the latest technology to diagnose, treat and prevent cardiovascular disease.


Echocardiography is commonly used in the diagnosis and management of heart disease. It can provide a wealth of helpful information, including the size and shape of the heart, pumping capacity, and the location and extent of any tissue damage.

Types of echocardiograms include:

  • Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE)
  • Stress echocardiogram
  • Doppler echocardiogram
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram

Specialized Care

Vascular Surgery – Altru’s vascular surgery team treats people who have disorders or disease related to the heart, aorta and blood vessels.

Cardiothoracic Surgery – Altru’s cardiothoracic providers specialize in the surgical treatment of diseases affecting organs inside the chest cavity. While cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery are separate surgical procedures, they are frequently grouped together as one surgical specialty, as it encompasses surgery of the heart and great vessels, as well as nearby organs.

Adult Congenital Heart Defect Clinic – Altru’s Cardiology team supports visiting specialists Dr. Rodrigo Rios and Dr. Joshua Wynne in providing an Adult Congenital Heart Defect Clinic once a month at Altru Main Clinic.

Providing care for adult patients with congenital heart defects, Drs. Rios and Wynne often treat diagnoses including cyanosis, shunts and more. Together, with the support of Altru’s Cardiology team, we are able to provide specialized cardiology care for patients close to home.

For questions on services, please call 701.780.6236.