Leading the way in heart care for Indiana
Care for AFib and heart rhythm disorders
At Ascension St. Vincent, our electrophysiologists specialize in the heart’s electrical system, diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders. Your doctor works with you on a personalized care plan. We provide minimally invasive treatments for AFib including ablation, cardioversion and the WATCHMAN™ procedure.
Care for heart and valve conditions
At Ascension St. Vincent, we provide advanced diagnostics, heart valve imaging, and therapeutic and surgical treatments. Whenever possible, your doctor may recommend a minimally invasive procedure, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). We have the region’s most comprehensive valve and structural heart program offering the least invasive surgical options.
Heart scans to detect risk
A simple heart screening can help you and your doctor better understand your heart health and could help save your life. Talk to your primary care doctor to see if a heart screening is right for you. A heart scan is not for everyone. It is not recommended for routine screening of people who do not have symptoms of heart disease and have a low risk of heart attacks. Some heart disease risk factors include hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use and a family history of heart disease.
Advanced care for heart failure
Ascension St. Vincent has been the largest transplant program in Indiana for 15 consecutive years. If transplant or ventricular assist devices are recommended as part of your care plan, you are connected to experienced surgeons at Ascension St. Vincent who specialize in more advanced care and open-heart surgery. Your surgical care plan is personalized to your needs.
Heart care for women
Cardiologists at Ascension St. Vincent specialize in providing heart care for the heart health needs of women. Your doctor diagnoses, treats and monitors heart conditions, including heart disease, heart attack and chronic chest pain. Your care team works with you to help manage symptoms of heart conditions and provide more advanced care such as heart and vascular surgery.
Advanced care for chronic total occlusions
A chronic total occlusion (CTO) is a complex heart condition with a 100 percent blockage in one or more coronary arteries. Symptoms may include chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea and rapid or irregular heartbeat. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk with a heart specialist at Ascension St. Vincent about your treatment options.
Vascular care and trivascular screenings
Vascular specialists at Ascension St. Vincent specialize in vascular care – from trivascular screenings to minimally invasive surgery. A trivascular screening is a series of tests that can detect clogged, damaged, or weakened blood vessels inside your body. Talk with a cardiologist to see if a trivascular screening is right for you.
ECMO for heart and lung support
Experienced specialists at Ascension St. Vincent provide extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy as part of advanced care for patients who have life-threatening lung and heart conditions, including severe heart and respiratory failure, and who are critically ill. ECMO may also be recommended in care for patients awaiting a heart or lung transplant.
When should I talk to a heart doctor?
Getting the right heart care at the right time is critical for your health. Chest pain, shortness of breath, fluttering in your chest, swelling in your legs, dizziness and fatigue are all symptoms of heart disease. When you notice new symptoms, talk to a heart doctor. From routine care to complex heart conditions, our heart doctors and care teams are here for you. They take the time to understand you and your health, to provide heart care that’s right for you. We use a range of care options from preventive heart care to complex and advanced surgical techniques.
What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
A heart attack doesn’t always start with severe chest pain. If you think you or a loved one may be having a heart attack, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away. Pay attention to these heart attack symptoms:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting
- Jaw, neck or back pain
- Discomfort or pain in arm or shoulder
- Shortness of breath