Located within St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI, Dean & St. Mary's Cardiac Center cardiologists treat more hearts and save more lives than any other facility in the region. Through a combination of skill and leading-edge technologies, a wide range of cardiac diagnostic services are provided including pediatric and adult cardiac catheterization, echo cardiography, stress and electrophysiologic testing and 24-hour monitoring services. Over 3,400 patients receive services through the pacemaker and defibrillator clinic, located in Dean & St. Mary's Outpatient Center.
In 2006, the Level One Heart Attack Program was introduced to improve the speed and quality of care given to heart attack victims throughout the region. St. Mary's was the first hospital in Madison to use a revolutionary 64-slice CT (computed tomography) scanner, which allows doctors to capture detailed images of the heart and arteries in seconds, without any invasive procedures and with no recovery time. The Cardiac Center includes a 37-bed nursing unit that offers 24-hour telemetry monitoring. The hospital's 12-bed Medical Intensive Care Unit and 10-bed Surgical Intensive Care Unit provide patients highly skilled and compassionate post-operative nursing care.
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
According to the American College of Cardiology, facilities that do at least 200 to 300 open heart procedures per year provide the highest quality of care. Surgeons at Dean & St. Mary's Cardiac Center perform over 400 procedures annually including coronary bypass, valve replacements, and other surgical procedures involving the heart or its major vessels.
Dean & St. Mary’s Valve Clinic
Our goal is to provide exemplary care of valvular heart disease through prompt evaluation and centralized treatment. As a Valve Clinic patient, you will be assessed by a highly qualified valve team comprised of cardiovascular & thoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, imaging cardiologists and trained nursing staff. Services offered at the Valve Clinic include:
- Valve Consultative Services
- Diagnosis and Imaging
- Cardiac CT
- 2D/3D Echocardiography and Transesophageal Echo
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- Cardiac MRI
- Nuclear Imaging
- Stress Echo
- Treatment recommendations and planning
- Valve Intervention
- Open heart surgery
- Valve repair
- Valve replacement
- Minimally invasive heart catheterization
- Interventional catheter-based therapies
- Balloon valvuloplasy
- ASD/PFO Closure
- Ongoing follow-up care
St. Mary’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides ongoing education and clinical supervision during the initial phases of recovery from a heart attack, heart surgery or coronary artery stenting. Cardiac rehabilitation provides exceptional care to newly diagnosed patients experiencing cardiomyopathy, valvular heart disease or peripheral artery disease (PAD). The center is located on Level A of St. Mary’s Hospital and features state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a walking track and weight training equipment. Education is a major emphasis of the program and enrollees and their families have access to many tools to help them recover, both physically and mentally.
The care team consists of a Medical Director, Clinical Exercise Physiologists, and a Registered Nurse. The program is certified through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) and offers Phase I for inpatients, Phase II (outpatient), Phase III (maintenance), cardiac risk factor education, and PAD exercise programs. For the benefit of our patients, this important certification is kept up to date and renewed every three years. We share the mission of AACVPR by reducing mortality and disability from cardiovascular disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management.
Staff members provide outreach to referral hospitals by providing consultative cardiovascular services throughout South Central Wisconsin. Dean & St. Mary's Cardiac Center is also a member of the Shared Cardiac Echo Program, which provides portable echocardiography to outlying hospitals.