Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery – Heart & Lung Clinic

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Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

The cardiovascular surgeons at CHI St. Alexius Health Heart & Lung Clinic work together to provide the latest in cardiac and thoracic care. While coronary artery disease is one of the most common diseases treated by a cardiovascular surgeons, our specialists see patients with blockages in one of the heart valve(s), leaking heart valve(s), abnormal enlargement or aneurysms of the large arteries in the chest, carotid artery stenosis, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation.

In addition, our specialists provides advanced surgical treatment of a wide variety of diseases of the chest region including thoracic oncology (cancer of the chest area), thoracic outlet syndrome, severe emphysema, recurrent pleural effusions, gastroesophageal reflux disease, hiatal hernias, and swallowing disorders such as achalasia.

Procedures, Treatments and Test

  • Ankle-Brachial Index Test (ABI) - The test is done by measuring blood pressure in the ankle and arm while the person is at rest, and after walking on a treadmill for five minutes. Test results may indicate arterial disease.
  • Carotid Artery Ultrasound - An ultrasound test that shows the structure and movement of blood through the carotid arteries to the testing portion. 
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery - Coronary artery bypass graft surgery is a treatment for coronary artery disease. The blocked portion of the artery is bypassed using a blood vessel that is taken from elsewhere in the body. Blood is then redirected through the new blood vessel.
  • Fluoroscopy - A fluoroscopy test uses a steady beam of x-ray to look at different parts of the body. It can be done to see blood moving through a blood vessel, find a foreign object in the body, position a needle for a medical procedure or realign a broken bone.

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Providers

For more information about the Heart & Lung Clinic at CHI St. Alexius Health, please call (701) 530-7500 or 1-800-932-8848.