Why Choose UI Heart and Vascular Center for Your Care?

US News and World Report Why Choose Us

UI Health Care's Heart and Vascular Center is a national leader in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of heart and vascular diseases and conditions. From routine heart care to ultra-sophisticated transplantation and minimally invasive surgery, UI Hospitals and Clinics is recognized nationally for its heart and vascular care.

  • UI Heart and Vascular Center was the only Iowa Hospital selected by US News and World Report’s Top 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiology and Heart Surgery Cardiac Surgery, 2014-2015. (Ranked 48th in the nation)
  • University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics is the only heart transplant center in Iowa.
  • Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® has named UI Hospitals and Clinics as one of the first hospitals in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center Plus (+) designation in the area of cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program (2014).
  • The UI Heart and Vascular Center is the only hospital in the nation to receive national accreditation by the Joint Commission for aortic aneurysm repair in 2013.
  • The Heart and Vascular Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics received national certification from the Joint Commission for its Ventricular Assist Device Program to treat patients with advanced heart failure in 2013. UI Heart and Vascular is one of only three certified programs in the nation with this certification.
  • UI Heart and Vascular Center was the first commercial program in Iowa to perform the innovative transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure in 2011.
  • The UI Heart Failure and Transplant Program was the first center in the Upper Midwest to send a patient home supported with a total artificial heart in 2011.

Reaching Out for Healthy Hearts

Paper Hearts

There is no limit of information that could save your life, particularly when it comes to heart health. The Heart and Vascular Center at UI Hospital and Clinics is constantly seeking innovative ways to get the word out and make services more available. The center offers an evening clinic for new heart patients, maintains an ongoing presence at area health fairs and health events, provides a clinically monitored rehabilitation center, and partners with other organizations to promote heart health both to adults and to young women.

“Not only is heart disease the No. 1 killer but it’s also preventable,” said cardiologst Theresa Brennan, MD. “Recent studies suggest that lifestyle factors including diet and exercise account for as much as 95 percent of the risk of heart disease. Changes in lifestyle can have a powerful impact.”

Risk management, she said, includes living a healthy lifestyle: stopping smoking; exercising; maintaining healthy cholesterol; blood sugar and blood pressure levels; and following a nutritious diet.

To further spread the word, the UI Heart and Vascular Center has partnered with groups like the American Heart Association and Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois to provide heart health information at health fairs and other events, and creating a special Girl Scout badge about heart health.

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Contact Us

UI Heart and Vascular Center
Carver Pavilion
Elevator E, Level 4
UI Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa River Landing
Level 3
105 East 9th Street
Coralville, Iowa 52241

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