With its team of highly skilled professionals and state-of-the-art facilities, Mercy Iowa City offers complete heart and vascular care services.
For information about Mercy cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, talk with your own doctor, contact Mercy On Call, or check www.findamercydoctor.com.
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Mercy's cardiac catheterization program is state-of-the-art. In the cardiac cath facility, located on the first floor, diagnosis and treatment for heart and vascular conditions is provided. Mercy's facility uses some of the best imaging equipment available in the world. Current practice includes the latest innovations in percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, coronary stenting, and rotational atherectomy.
Advanced interventional radiology techniques are also available in the cardiac cath facility. These include diagnosis and intervention in arterial occlusive disease, embolism, cardiovascular aorta repair, and more.
Most cardiac cath lab procedures are done on an outpatient basis. The area is conveniently located for admission and discharge.
For some people, heart care begins when they arrive in the emergency room with an episode of chest pain. At Mercy, the Emergency Care Unit is an integral part of heart and vascular care, and is staffed 24 hours a day by physicians and registered nurses. What's more, the unit's "protocol" for caring for a chest pain patient is faster than the national average. That means when minutes count, heart patients are evaluated quickly and receive the care they need-whether that means cardiac catheterization or another procedure. Warning signs of a heart attack.
Heart and vascular patients may be cared for in Intensive Care or Telemetry, depending on their situation.
Mercy's Intensive Care Unit provides a low nurse-to-patient ratio and patients are monitored constantly. The unit has 18 beds and is located on the main level of the hospital. In this large and family-friendly unit, all patients have an outside window. In addition to comfortable waiting areas, a sunporch is available.
Mercy's Telemetry Unit provides cardiac monitoring for patients with heart or respiratory conditions, as well as other diagnoses. With wireless equipment, patients can be monitored in comfort whether they are in their room or taking a walk in the hall. Heart patients often "step down" from Intensive Care to Telemetry after a heart attack or heart surgery. Telemetry has 34 beds and is located on the fifth floor of the hospital.
Rehabilitation is offered in three phases to heart patients, with individuals progressing through the phases as their health improves. Inpatients receive phase 1, while outpatients receive phases 2 and 3. Cardiac rehabilitation includes exercise (monitored as needed) and education. Education topics such as diet, risk factors, and lifestyle changes are covered.
Support and Education
A monthly cardiac support group provides more education and social opportunities for heart patients and their families. It typically meets on the third Monday of each month (except during the summer). A heart healthy luncheon (available for $5) begins at 11:30 a.m., and a free presentation on heart health begins at 12 noon. Call Mercy On Call at 358-2767 for information about the next meeting.
Basic Life Support is a two-session class that teaches CPR to health care professionals as well as community members. It is offered several times a year, with evening and Saturday morning classes available. See schedule.
BLS and Advanced Cardiac Life Support classes for health care professionals are also available. See schedule.
If you would like a nurse to help you make an appointment with a Mercy doctor, call Mercy On Call at 358-2767 or 800-358-2767, or visit Find A Mercy Physician.
For more information about heart health visit Mercy Health Library