Heart Care & Treatment
Altru Hospital has consistently 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, Altru’s Cardiology has been recognized by HealthGrades for excellent care.
Should I see a cardiologist?
Often, we think about going to the doctor only when we’re sick. Here are some reasons to see a cardiologist sooner if:
- Your primary care doctor recommends you see a cardiologist.
- You’re experiencing heart pain or symptoms.
- You have a family history of heart problems.
- You have high total cholesterol or high blood pressure.
- You experience preeclampsia during pregnancy.
- You’re over the age of 40 and starting a new exercise program.
Learn more about each of our cardiologists.
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:
- Diagnostic examinations
Altru's Cardiology offers the latest technology to diagnose, treat and prevent cardiovascular disease.
CardioMEMS Heart Failure System, used by providers to manage heart failure, is now being offered at Altru.
The CardioMEMS™ HF System is a miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery (PA) during a minimally invasive procedure. The system allows patients to transmit PA pressure data from their homes to their healthcare providers, allowing for personalized and proactive management to reduce the likelihood of hospitalization.
When used by clinicians to manage heart failure, CardioMEMS is:
- Safe and reliable
- Clinically proven to reduce heart failure admissions
- Proactive and personalized
To learn more about CardioMEMS at Altru, call 701.780.6236.
Echocardiography is commonly used in the diagnosis and management of heart disease. It can provide a wealth of 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
Altru’s Cardiology offers an advanced electrophysiology outpatient clinic. Most recently, we have started offering ablation procedures to treat common arrhythmia such as:
- Supraventricular tachycardia
- Atrial flutter
- Atrial fibrillation
Altru’s cardiothoracic providers specialize in the surgical treatment of diseases affecting organs inside the chest cavity. While cardiac and thoracic surgeries are separate surgical procedures, they are frequently grouped together as one surgical specialty, encompassing surgery of the heart, great vessels and nearby organs. Learn more.
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 heart damage. To achieve this distinction, Altru lowered the time it took to open the blocked cardiac artery. Through improvements on the STEMI process, Altru has reduced the average time from 60.5 minutes to 47 minutes.