Heart disease remains a leading threat to the health of Americans. That’s why our experienced cardiac team is committed to delivering expert care for your heart. We offer a broad spectrum of cardiac services, from non-invasive tests for early diagnosis and treatment to open heart surgery. We believe in treating the whole person, not just the disease. At St. Luke’s Medical Center, you can expect a personalized, coordinated approach and the caring attention you deserve — all aimed toward achieving great results.
When it comes to innovation, St. Luke’s Medical Center is Arizona’s leader in cardiology. Not only is St. Luke’s the first hospital in Arizona to have a cardiac catheterization lab and to successfully implant a cardiac pacemaker, but St. Luke’s is the first hospital in Phoenix to perform open heart surgery. St. Luke’s Medical Center is always looking for ways to better serve the community through patient-centered care and by embracing the changing health care needs and technology advancements.
We offer a broad array of heart-related services, all delivered with compassion and exceptional expertise:
Peripheral Artery Disease – 1st Treatment of Its Kind in the Southwest
Vascular surgeons at St. Luke’s Medical Center are pioneering a better way for treating peripheral artery disease (PAD). In 2016, St. Luke’s Medical Center performed the first Pantheris™ treatment for PAD in the Southwest. Pantheris lumivascular atherectomy system is the first-ever image-guided atherectomy device for the treatment of PAD.
Unlike traditional angioplasty and stenting, which pushes plaque against the arterial walls, atherectomy actually cuts and removes the plaque from the blood vessel. In the past, surgeons had to rely on fluoroscopy (“real-time x-ray”), touch and feel to improve blood flow in blocked vessels. Now, with the Pantheris system, physicians have an accurate live video feed inside the actual blood vessel thanks to a small camera on the tip of the device. This unique catheter feature makes it easier for surgeons to treat hard-to-reach blockages – including areas where traditional stenting is impossible.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects more than one in 20 adults in the U.S. This chronic condition occurs when plaque builds up in the arterial walls, reducing blood flow to the legs and feet. PAD can cause severe pain, while also increasing the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Many patients with PAD resort to invasive bypass surgeries, which sometimes lead to increased health risks and difficult, painful recoveries. Pantheris offers a better way.
Cardiac catheterization helps doctors evaluate how well the heart is functioning and whether there are blocked arteries. During a traditional cardiac catheterization procedure, a cardiologist inserts a very thin flexible tube through the femoral artery in the groin and navigates it to the arteries around the heart. Using advanced imaging technology, the doctors can see whether there is plaque build-up in the heart’s vessels. If blockages exist, interventional treatments such as angioplasty or stent placements can be used to restore better blood flow.
At St. Luke’s Medical Center, the cardiac catheterization lab is adjacent to the emergency room, allowing patients in need of an emergency cardiac catheterization procedure to receive care in record time. The time it takes a patient to receive a cardiac catheter at St. Luke’s Medical Center exceeds the state average of 90 minutes.
The Radial First Approach
The Radial First Approach is a cardiac catheterization procedure performed through the patient’s radial artery, located on the wrist. St. Luke’s Medical Center is the first hospital and one of only a few hospitals in the country to utilize the Radial First Approach as the preferred method for all cardiac catheterization procedures.
The radial artery is located close to the surface of the skin resulting in less trauma to the body during insertion. Because the radial artery is smaller and located in the wrist, it responds quickly to simple pressure. This technique is proven to be safer and more comfortable for patients and has better long-term results than traditional methods. In addition, using the Radial First Approach enables most patients to immediately get out of bed and move around following the procedures, which provides them great comfort and a faster recovery period.
Treatment for Arrhythmia
We provide a variety of services for patients with irregular heartbeats, including implantation and management of pacemakers.
Our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that can produce clear, detailed views of the human heart and help doctors detect heart disease with pinpoint accuracy. Our advanced diagnostic testing capabilities include:
- 64-Slice CT scanner
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
- Nuclear medicine cameras
- Stress testing
- Holter and event monitoring
When necessary, we can draw from a wide range of surgical options to treat and correct heart disease. Some of the most common procedures are:
Coronary Bypass Surgery
This procedure reroutes blood around clogged or narrow arteries to improve blood flow and oxygen levels to the heart.
Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB)
This procedure is an option for those with less complicated blockages, usually at the front of the heart. Because the procedure uses tiny incisions, patients often benefit from less scarring, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.
Heart Valve Surgery
This procedure repairs or replaces heart valves that are defective from birth or that have been damaged.
Cardiovascular Intensive Care
After heart surgery, patients receive the specialized care they need in our Intensive Care Unit. This unit is equipped with high-tech monitoring systems to help assure the heart is functioning properly as patients recover from surgery and heart disease.