Why Choose UI Heart and Vascular Center for Your Care?

AHA award 2010

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.

  • Best Hospitals 2014 CardiologyWe were the first hospital in Iowa to perform a successful adult heart transplant operation (1982).
  • 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).
  • Ranked 48th in the nation in cardiology and cardiac surgery by U.S. News & World Report (2014). 
  • 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 (2008)
  • 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

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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