Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery
Raising the Bar of Excellence
For close to a half century Trinity Health has set the standard in quality heart care, with new technologies, innovative procedures and services that target the full scope of cardiovascular medicine, with programs aimed at prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability in North Dakota. Trinity Health offers comprehensive cardiothoracic services aimed at preventing, diagnosing, treating and recovering from cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular ServicesHeart disease is the leading cause of death and disability in North Dakota.
Congestive heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), peripheral vascular disease and arteriosclerosis (narrowing or hardening of the arteries) are various types of conditions that lead to heart problems. Patients with cardiovascular conditions benefit from the expertise of our highly experienced team, which includes:
Patients with cardiovascular conditions benefit from the expertise of a highly experienced team, which includes:
- Board-certified cardiologists
- Board-certified cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons
- Nurses with cardiovascular expertise
- Exercise physiologists
- Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialists
For more than 30 years our heart specialists have set the standard for quality care, introducing new technology and many "firsts," including the first angiogram, placement of the first stent, and the first angioplasty performed in our region. To date, our heart team has completed over one thousand surgical procedures. Trinity's long-standing tradition of excellence and leadership in cardiac care continues into the 21st Century.
Valve DiseaseFour valves – aortic, mitral, pulmonary and tricuspid – open and close with each heartbeat to keep blood flowing in the right direction. When a valve fails to open or close properly, the flow is disrupted.
Our heart team performs a wide range of valve repair and replacement procedures, some using minimally invasive methods that mean faster recovery with less pain for the patient.
Cardiac ArrhythmiasThe heart operates as a perfectly synchronized pump thanks to its electrical system. However, trouble occurs if the heart beats too fast (tachycardia) or too slowly (bradycardia).
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib) is the most common form of irregular heartbeat and the most under-treated form of heart disease. A-fib causes 25% of all strokes.
- • Lifestyle change
- • Antiarrhythmic or anticoagulant drugs
- • Electrical devices, such as pacemaker or ICD
- • Electrical energy directed to the trouble point (ablation)
- • Maze procedure – A surgical form of ablation, Maze involves scoring heart tissue to block the abnormal impulses.
- Trinity Health’s team of cardiologists have performed thousands of angioplasty and stent procedures to restore blood flow when medications or lifestyle changes aren’t sufficient.
- During coronary artery bypass surgery the surgeon harvests a section of artery or vein and grafts it to a coronary artery, bypassing the blockage and restoring blood flow. Thoracic (mammary) artery grafts have become the standard of care due to their longevity.
- • Controlling blood pressure
- • Monitoring symptoms
- • Maintaining healthy weight
- • Heart-healthy lifestyle
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Balloons & Stents
Trinity Health has had many "firsts," including the first angiogram, placement of the first stent, and the first angioplasty performed in our region.
CardioHelp: A First for North DakotaTrinity Health is proud to be the first North Dakota hospital to offer CardioHelp, the world’s first portable heart & lung support system. The ultimate lifesaver, CardioHelp can get you or a family member through a cardiac crisis, making emergency transport or the next phase of treatment possible.
Recovery and Follow-up
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