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Minneapolis Heart Institute® - Northfield (Allina Medical Clinic)
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After Steve's heart attack, he continuted his heart care at Allina Medical Clinic in Northfield and Faribault.
These cardiologists from Minneapolis Heart Institute® bring heart health care to Northfield area residents.
Angina is chest pain caused by poor blood flow through the blood vessels of the heart muscle.
Heart attack happens when an artery that feeds your heart muscle becomes blocked with plaque (fatty deposits) or by a clot. When the blood cannot flow to the heart, damage or death to the heart muscle may occur.
Heart rhythm problems
Arrhythmia or dysrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat or rhythm. There are many kinds.
High blood pressure
Blood pressure is the amount of pressure within the walls of your arteries. High blood pressure is increased pressure against artery walls.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when plaque clogs the arteries in your legs, reducing blood flow to your legs and feet.
A stroke results when blood and oxygen flow to the brain is stopped or interrupted. This happens because of a ruptured or blocked blood vessel.
The number one killer in the United States, cardiovascular disease affects the heart and blood vessels. Our experts can identify, treat and help you manage cardiac conditions.
Cardiac device clinic: Pacemaker and ICD follow-up program
If a pacemaker or ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) helps to regulate your heartbeat, we can help you make sure your cardiac device is working properly. Our experts can evaluate your cardiac device and adjust settings so that you benefit the most.
An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart.
Stress echocardiography is a test that uses ultrasound imaging to determine how the heart muscles respond to stress. It is mainly used to diagnose and evaluate coronary artery disease.
An exercise stress test is a screening tool to test the effect of exercise on your heart. It provides an overall look at the health of your heart.
Peripheral vascular imaging
A noninvasive peripheral vascular exam measures blood pressure and blood flow using sound waves created by a device called a doppler. You will have a test done while you rest and while you exercise on a treadmill. This test helps tell if there are blockages in the leg arteries. This test takes about 30 minutes when looking at leg veins, and 45 minutes or longer when looking at the leg arteries.
A Holter monitor will record your heart rhythm during your everyday activities. For this test, you will wear a portable EKG machine. You will have a Holter monitor for 24 or 48 hours.
Also called nuclear ventriculography, this test uses safe, radioactive materials called tracers to show the heart chambers.
Minneapolis Heart Institute's Vascular & Endovascular Services offers a full range of treatments for both routine and rare vascular conditions.
When you have a rhythm problem with your heart (usually when it beats too slowly or if both sides of your heart don't beat together), you may need a pacemaker. A pacemaker is a medical device that can help your heart beat regularly.
ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator)
If your heart is beating too fast or irregularly, your doctor may decide that you need a device that gives your heart an electrical shock to restore your heart to a regular rhythm. This device is called an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
After Steve's heart attack, he continued his heart care at Allina Medical Clinic in Northfield.
Steve Meierbachtol was teaching school when he had his heart attack in 2011. He wasn’t aware that he was among the one in three Americans who has some type of vascular disease, or that he was one of the 785,000 Americans who had their first heart attack in that year.
He did manage to dodge a bullet — heart disease is the leading cause of adult death in the United States — and he is feeling great and enjoying life today.
Meierbachtol credits the fast action of Nancy Becker, the school nurse, who called 911. The Emergency Medical Services team at Northfield Hospital determined that he was having a heart attack, and using the Minneapolis Heart Institute® Level One protocol, rushed him to Abbott Northwestern Hospital via helicopter. Minneapolis Heart Institute® doctors were ready when he arrived, and quickly opened his blocked arteries.
Follow-up care close to home
As a result of the quick, expert care, the heart attack did less damage to his heart. His follow-up care has been back at home in Northfield with Mark Labenski, MD, family medicine doctor at Allina Medical Clinic – Northfield, and Richard Bae, MD, cardiologist with the Minneapolis Heart Institute®. He did cardiac rehab at the District One Hospital in Faribault.
“The partnership of the Minneapolis Heart Institute® with the communities and Allina Medical Clinic in Northfield and Faribault provides access to the whole spectrum of heart care, most of it locally,” said Bae. Consultations and many tests are available locally. Further advanced diagnostic testing such as CTs, cardiac MRIs, angiograms and procedures including pacemakers, valve repair or replacement, bypass surgery and heart transplants are done at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. The Allina Health electronic health record helps doctors at all sites coordinate care.
Eighty percent of heart disease is preventable
It’s great to have that kind of emergency care available when you need it, but it’s best to stop heart trouble before it happens. According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of heart disease and stroke can be prevented.
“Get your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar checked and keep them within healthy ranges,” recommended Bae. Smoking and excess weight also add to your risk.
The American Heart Association suggests you follow Life’s Simple 7™: