Why Choose Us?
UI Health Care's Heart and Vascular Center is the regional 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.
- We were the first hospital in Iowa to perform a successful adult heart transplant
- 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).
- Named as a High Performing Program by U.S. News & World Report (2013).
- The University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics received national Disease-Specific Care Certification from the Joint
Commission for its Ventricular Assist Device Program to treat patients with
advanced heart failure in 2010.
- We received the American Heart Association "2010 Get with the Guidelines: Coronary
Artery Disease Gold Performance Achievement Award," recognizing a higher
standard of cardiac care that improves the treatment of patients hospitalized
with coronary disease and reduces their risk of recurrent heart attacks or death.
- We were the first in Iowa to use an Implant Advanced Heart Pump
- In an average year we complete more than 6,600 adult cardiac catheterization procedures.
- Also in an average year we complete more than 1,140 child cardiac catheterization procedures.
- In a recent year we completed 1,261cardiac electrophysiology studies.
- In that same year we completed 562 cardiac operations.
- In a recent year we completed 12 heart transplants.
- Our 2009 Transplant Survival Rates (after one year)
- Adult Heart: 100%
- Pediatric Heart: 100%
Reaching Out for Healthy 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.
Physicians from Heart and Vascular Care listed among Best Doctors®
- Mark Anderson, MD, PhD
- Theresa Brennan, MD
- Phillip Horwitz, MD
- Richard Kerber, MD
- Michael Kienzle, MD
- Paul Lindower, MD
- James Martins, MD
- James Rossen, MD
- Gregory Schmidt, MD
- Byron Vandenberg, MD
- Jeff Wilson, MD
Academic Departments that Provide Heart and Vascular Care