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United Heart & Vascular Clinic - River Falls

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River Falls Medical Clinic
1687 East Division Street
River Falls, WI 54022

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United Heart & Vascular Clinic offers complete resources for the prevention, detection and treatment of heart disease.

Our cardiologists work closely with your primary care physician and provide many diagnostic tests including echocardiology and stress echocardiagrams in River Falls, Wisconsin.  In addition, cardiologists provide inpatient care at the River Falls Area Hospital.

United Heart & Vascular Clinic
cardiologists see patients
two days a week at
the River Falls Medical Clinic.

To make an appointment,
call 715-425-6701.

Cardiologists are doctors who identify, treat and help you manage conditions like angina, heart attack, heart rhythm problems, high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease (PAD) and stroke.

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Angina is chest pain caused by poor blood flow through the blood vessels of the heart muscle.

Learn more about angina in our health encyclopedia or heart health manual.

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Heart attack

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.

Learn more about heart attack in our heart health manual.

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Heart rhythm problems

Arrhythmia or dysrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat or rhythm. There are many kinds.

Learn more about heart rhythm problems in our heart health manual.

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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.

Learn more about high blood pressure in our heart health manual.

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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.

Learn more about PAD in our heart health manual.

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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.

Learn more in our stroke manual.

Research and clinical trials

Our research team includes cardiologists, clinical scientists, registered nurses and regulatory specialists. They work together to discover new ways to lessen the burden of cardiovascular disease.

Clinical trials allow patients to take a more active role in their health care, gain access to new drugs, treatments and disease management practices, contribute to medical research.

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Echocardiogram (heart ultrasound)

An echocardiogram uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart.

Stress echocardiogram

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.

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Heart attack

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.

Learn more about heart attack in our heart health manual.

Home is where the heart is

Arline and Scott Taylor

Arline and Scott Taylor enjoy time together on their front porch.

Early one morning last November, Scott Taylor and his wife, Arline, of River Falls were preparing to head out for their daily gym workout when Scott felt his heart racing.

Arline promptly drove him to the Emergency Department (ED) at River Falls Area Hospital, just 1½ miles from their home.

The ED doctor suspected Taylor had a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation. Taylor had tests and talked with a cardiologist from the United Heart & Vascular Clinic, part of the Allina Health system, who sees patients weekly in River Falls.

Tests showed the diagnosis was correct and Taylor needed surgery. Taylor had surgery at United Hospital in late December and was discharged six days later. He then completed a 12-week cardiac rehabilitation program at River Falls Area Hospital.

"My cardiologist says my heart is now fully functional," said Taylor, now 71. "Sometimes I stop and think, 'How did I get through this?' It was the system and the people at Allina Health that made it work."

Coordination is key

That "system" is highly coordinated care that enables western Wisconsin residents to receive sophisticated services close to home, said United Heart & Vascular Clinic cardiologist Thomas Biggs, MD.

"Patients needing surgery see their primary care doctor and one of the United Heart & Vascular Clinic cardiologists in River Falls, have their procedure at United Hospital, then return home for rehabilitation and regular follow-up care."

"The partnership between doctors at the River Falls Medical Clinic and specialists such as the United Heart & Vascular Clinic cardiologists means Allina Health can provide heart patients with care that's seamless from start to finish," said family physician Christopher Tashjian, MD, president of the River Falls Medical Clinic.

"The hallmarks of the program are teamwork and good communication to achieve the best outcomes for our patients."

Easy access to records

With Allina Health's electronic medical record-keeping system, every member of Taylor's medical team could easily access his records from any location.

"It was comforting to know that no one needed to schlep paper copies of Scott's records back and forth. It was all there on the computer," said Arline.

That same computerized system was helpful for Taylor's cardiac rehabilitation therapists, said Shari Durch, LAT, RCEP, an athletic trainer and exercise physiologist at Sister Kenny® Rehabilitation Institute–River Falls.

"Even before Scott started rehabilitation, I could do a chart review to understand his needs," Durch said. "It really helps us stay on top of a patient's care."

The road to recovery

During his cardiac rehabilitation, Taylor gradually increased his cardiovascular fitness, strength and endurance. His therapist sent progress reports to his primary care doctor and cardiologist. If a care question arises, therapists can talk with the United Heart & Vascular Clinic cardiologists during their regular visits to River Falls, explained Durch.

It's been a long road for Taylor, but his heart is once again working normally. That's given him more time to enjoy the simple pleasures he loves.

The couple, married 51 years, has five grandchildren and recently celebrated the birth of their first great-grandchild.

"All my grandchildren are doing great," Taylor said. "And thanks to Allina Health, I can continue to be part of their lives."

Source: Healthy Communities Magazine, Fall 2012 edition
Reviewed by: Thomas Biggs, MD; Christopher Tashjian, MD; Shari Durch, LAT, RCEP
First Published: 10/01/2012
Last Reviewed: 10/01/2012