Chest Pain Program
In 2008, the University of Minnesota Medical Center established the Chest Pain Center to ensure optimal treatment of all patients with chest pain. Standardized, evidence-based protocols are used to manage acute and chronic chest pain.
In July 2009, an inpatient service dedicated to coronary and structural heart disease was launched. Known as Coronary Structural Intervention (CSI), this service provides care for patients with acute coronary syndromes, chest pain syndromes, valvular heart disease, and certain forms of adult congenital heart disease. CSI functions in conjunction with the Chest Pain Center.
Routine and Emergent Coronary Angiography/Angioplasty
In 1986, the University of Minnesota Medical Center launched the state’s first acute angioplasty program for patients with heart attacks and other acute coronary syndromes. From diagnostic angiography to emergent complex angioplasty, the cardiac catheterization laboratory treats all patients with coronary artery disease, including those with multiple medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes, and renal disease or heart disease and cancer).
In 2005, a formal Level 1 STEMI program was established at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. One of the top programs in the upper Midwest, it is designated by the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care.
Minimally-Invasive Repair for Structural Heart Disease
Intracardiac Septal Defects
Intracardiac septal defects (openings between the right and left sides of the heart) are among the most common forms of congenital heart disease diagnosed in adults.
The University of Minnesota pioneered the successful repair of septal defects using open heart surgery in the 1950s. In the 1990s, Dr. Gladwin Das (retired) performed the seminal work that developed the concept of self-centering septal-closure devices, and the University of Minnesota Medical Center treated a patient with a self-centering device in 1995. Self-centering devices are now used worldwide with outstanding results.
A dedicated surgical and angiography suite in the University of Minnesota Medical Center’s cardiac catheterization laboratory allows combined coronary and valve (aortic stenosis) procedures to be performed in one room, minimizing patient stress.
Hybrid and Robotic-Assisted Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Some patients with coronary artery disease in multiple vessels benefit most from a combination of angioplasty and coronary artery bypass surgery known as a “hybrid” procedure.
Interventional cardiologist Gladwin Das, M.D. (retired), and cardiothoracic surgeon Kenneth Liao, M.D., have pioneered a program specifically for these patients. A dedicated angiography/surgical suite at the University of Minnesota Medical Center accommodates hybrid procedures in one room.