Nonsurgical and surgical treatments
Our cardiovascular specialists offer a full range of diagnostic and nonsurgical treatments for heart disease. Thanks to advanced imaging technology such as the Siemens MAGNETOM Avanto 1.5 Tesla MRI and the Siemens SOMATOM Definition 64-slice CT scanner, our interventional cardiologists provide faster and precise diagnosis to detect adult and pediatric congenital heart abnormalities as well as precise identification of the causes of heart failure.
Some more common diagnostic tests and nonsurgical treatments include:
For patients who need heart surgery, University Hospital offers one of the state's most active cardiothoracic referral centers. Surgeons perform more than 1,200 surgeries each year. These include procedures for pulmonary, esophageal, congenital and acquired cardiac defects; thoracic and vascular trauma; cardiac conduction disorders; and endoscopy.
Fit for Life provides cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and prevention programs for patients during their hospital stay and after they return home.
Outpatient nutrition services
Registered dietitians are available to provide nutrition counseling, or medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for a variety of health conditions including, but not limited to, diabetes mellitus, renal disease, overweight and obesity, and disorders of lipid metabolism. Our dietitians can develop a customized plan to help patients learn to prevent disease progression and manage their health through diet and exercise. A physicians' referral is required. For more information about the Outpatient Nutrition Program, call (573) 884-8425.
Cardiovascular outreach program
Our Cardiovascular Outreach Program makes "hospital calls" with a van of specialized equipment. The medical team includes a cardiologist, a cardiology nurse and an ultrasonographer. Services include cardiology consultation, echocardiography and stress testing. The outreach program currently serves patients in six different locations throughout Missouri.