Cardiac Alert Program
In a cardiac emergency, the faster the treatment, the more heart muscle is saved – and the higher the chances for survival. In partnership with EMS, the HealthONE network of hospitals, freestanding ERs and CareNow Urgent Care Centers participate in Cardiac Alert, a program that elevates our system’s response to patients experiencing ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). With Cardiac Alert training, EMS can better identify heart attack patients in the field and alert hospitals of their arrival. With the advanced notice that comes with Cardiac Alert, physicians and staff can expedite life-saving treatment as soon as the patient arrives to the hospital.
Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute
HealthONE has established a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, electrophysiologists and heart surgeons to treat rhythm disorders of the heart, known as arrhythmias. Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute – with program locations at The Medical Center of Aurora, Rose Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center – is pioneering new minimally invasive approaches and research-driven procedures to achieve better outcomes for patients. Our state-of-the-art electrophysiology and device implantation labs are equipped with the latest technology. We are a regional leader in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), the world’s most common arrhythmia, and we offer both radio frequency ablation and cryoablation. And for those who suffer from persistent A-Fib, our electrophysiologists and heart surgeons partner to perform the Convergent procedure.
Rocky Mountain Heart Rhythm Institute is proud to provide the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) device. This treatment reduces the risk of stroke in atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) patients and may eliminate the need for blood thinners in people with non-valvular A-Fib.
The WATCHMAN is an implantable device that seals off the Left Atrial Appendage, a part of the heart where stroke-causing blood clots can form. Similar to inserting a stent, the minimally invasive procedure uses a catheter to guide the WATCHMAN into your heart. The WATCHMAN never needs to be replaced and is invisible on your body. WATCHMAN is offered at The Medical Center of Aurora and Rose Medical Center.
Advanced Heart Failure Services
The HealthONE Heart and Vascular Care network gives hope to patients suffering from advanced heart failure. Through medical management, the repair or replacement of a faulty heart valve, correction of an underlying heart rhythm disorder, or the use of devices designed to help the heart beat and contract properly, our team can achieve positive and life-prolonging outcomes for patients.
For patients with advanced heart failure in need of mechanical support, we use a variety of cardiac assist devices:
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
- Biventricular ICDs
- Impella® temporary ventricular support devices
- TandemHeart® percutaneous ventricular assist devices (VADs)
HealthONE hospitals provide education, prevention and rehabilitation services tailored to the specific needs of heart failure patients. Programs like The Medical Center of Aurora’s Heart Failure Clinic – a collaboration between cardiologists and primary care physicians to co-manage congestive or advanced heart failure patients – are working to prevent complications and keep patients out of the hospital. And, in an effort to reduce readmission rates of heart failure patients, we fully participate in the American College of Cardiology’s Hospital to Home quality initiative.
Each year, we perform hundreds of surgeries for patients from all around the Rocky Mountain region – young and old, with mild to severe cardiovascular disease or congenital defects. While many heart and vascular conditions can now be treated with less-invasive procedures, sometimes a more aggressive, open surgical approach is necessary. The cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgeons of HealthONE have the precise level of expertise to perform these delicate and complex open heart surgeries, achieving life-saving results with some of the lowest complication rates in the state.
HealthONE surgeons perform both Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement (SAVR), as well as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). The standard treatment procedure for patients with aortic stenosis is SAVR, in which the damaged aortic valve is removed through open-heart surgery and replaced by either a mechanical or biological valve. However, if a patient is unfit for the demanding surgery, the teams at The Medical Center of Aurora and Swedish Medical Center now offer the innovative catheter-based TAVR approach.
Diagnostics and Interventional Cardiology
HealthONE hospitals have some of the busiest and technologically advanced cardiac cath labs in Colorado, performing thousands of diagnostic heart catheterizations each year. These minimally invasive procedures look for blockages in heart arteries as well as assess valvular abnormalities of the heart. Furthermore, angioplasty and stent implantation (bare metal and drug eluting) are performed very frequently to reduce blockages in the arteries to the heart.
New techniques and technologies continue to streamline the practice of angioplasty, also known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. The interventional cardiac and vascular programs in HealthONE stay on the forefront of such advances, offering patients innovative ways to restore blood flow to diseased arteries. Additionally, HealthONE performs radial artery access catheterizations in more than 60% of cases – more than anyone else in Denver, and significantly greater than the national average – which can reduce bleeding complications and allows earlier patient ambulation.
We are committed to not only treating our patients' initial heart problems but supporting their recovery every step of the way. Our comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to help patients maintain their heart health, gain strength and stamina, return to work faster, lower blood pressure, and exercise in a supervised setting. These programs can significantly help patients who have been treated for:
- Angina/Chest Pain
- Balloon angioplasty or Coronary stenting
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Heart attack
- Heart valve surgery
- Heart failure
Pediatric cardiology services at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
HealthONE’s Heart and Vascular program delivers some of the best care in the nation, even at the earliest stages of life. The pediatric cardiologists and pediatric cardiac surgeons of Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) provide comprehensive diagnosis, correction, treatment and management of heart conditions and blood vessel anomalies for kids of all ages, including:
- Pediatric Cardiomyopathy
- Adult Congenital Program
- Enlarged Heart
- Heart Murmurs
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
The RMHC team works closely with the region’s most experienced group of perinatologists and neonatologists to plan care for heart conditions often identified in utero – assuring optimal care for mother and child immediately at birth. And because RMHC is part of the HealthONE system, patients can make a smooth transition to an adult cardiologist when the time comes.
Prevention, Screening and Education
We are just as committed to preventing heart disease as we are to treating it. The HealthONE system is proud to partner with the American Heart Association to promote heart healthy habits in Colorado, as well as to provide continuing medical education to physicians, nurses and EMS. We host 9Health Fairs – annual preventive health education and screening events – at Sky Ridge Medical Center and North Suburban Medical Center. Additionally, each HealthONE hospital has unique programs to support heart health in the community: partnering with cardiologists to present free patient seminars, providing free or low-cost cardiac screenings, and sponsoring local health and wellness events.