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United Heart & Vascular Clinic

United Heart & Vascular Clinic offers several convenient Minnesota and western Wisconsin locations.

View a list of all United Heart & Vascular Clinic locations. At United Hospital, located in the Nasseff Specialty Center building, 225 North Smith Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102

Fax: 651-241-2910
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United Heart & Vascular Clinic offers a full range of resources for the prevention, early detection, rapid treatment and rehabilitation of heart disease in one integrated, state-of-the-art facility conveniently located in downtown St. Paul. Together with Nasseff Heart Center on the United Hospital Campus, United Heart & Vascular Clinic is your resource for specialty heart care.

Now available: The Heart Disease Prevention Clinic has the tools, the team and the time to help with your heart care.

Clinic hours

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To make an appointment,
call 651-292-0007.

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Jake Hines

Connected care brings Ellsworth auctioneer back to full speed

Hines always tried to keep himself healthy — he doesn't smoke, doesn't drink and has hardly taken a sick day in his life. So when he learned he needed not one but two open heart surgeries to repair his heart valves and clean out a 90 percent blockage in one of his arteries, he was shocked.


An angiogram -- also called heart catheterization, cardiac catheterization or cardiac angiography -- is a common test used to evaluate heart muscles, valves and coronary arteries. It can provide exact information about the way your heart functions.


Angioplasty is the method used to open a blood vessel to improve blood flow by stretching a vessel from the inside and sometimes placing a stent to help keep it open.

Ankle-brachial index (ABI)

The ankle-brachial index, or ABI, is a measurement of blood flow in your leg arteries.

Cardiac Device Clinic: Pacemaker and ICD follow up

If a pacemaker or ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) helps regulate your heartbeat, we can make sure your cardiac device is working properly. Our experts will evaluate your cardiac device and adjust settings so that you benefit the most.

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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.

Learn more about pacemakers in our heart health manual.

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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).

Learn more about ICDs in our heart health manual.

Echocardiogram (heart ultrasound)

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

Electrophysiology study (EPS)

This detailed study of the heart's electrical system is done to see if you have an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), and if so, where the abnormal rhythm is coming from.

Exercise stress test

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.

Cardiac event monitors

  • A Holter monitor records your heart rhythm (EKG) for 24 hours. You will be asked to keep a journal of your symptoms.
  • A cardiac event monitor is attached to five stickers placed on your chest. After the designated term, return the monitor and a report will be sent to you doctor.

Heart Score

A heart score is a specific type of CT protocol that detects and measures the amount of calcium in your heart arteries and calculates a individual calcium score for you.

The Heart Disease Prevention Clinic

A heart attack and stroke prevention clinic. You will receive a complete picture of your health by meeting with a cardiologist, nutritionist and exercise physiologist.

Level One Heart Attack Program

United Hospital is a Level One heart hospital. A Level One hospital takes patients having a heart attack directly to the catheterization lab or surgery, if needed. United Hospital is in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for quickly opening blocked arteries.

Percutaneous closure devices

Medical implants are used to treat these heart problems:

  • Atrial septal defect (ASD): The atrial septum is the wall between the left and right atria (upper chambers) of the heart. There is a natural opening before birth that usually closes on its own when a baby is born. When the flap does not close, the child has an ASD.
  • Patent foremen ovale (PFO)-During normal fetal development, there is a small opening in the wall between the left and right atrium or upper chambers of the heart. This normal opening allows blood to detour from the lungs into the left atrium prior to birth. This opening usually closes naturally soon after birth or within the first or second year of life. If the opening fails to close soon after birth, it is referred to as a patent foremen ovale.

Nuclear cardiology

This test uses safe, radioactive materials called tracers to show the heart chambers.

Peripheral vascular imaging

A 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.

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.


Valvuloplasty uses a catheter to open a valve that is narrowed. A balloon-tipped catheter is threaded through an artery in the leg and passed to the heart valve. Then the balloon is inflated to separate the valve flaps and reopen it.

Vascular services

United Vascular Clinic combines expertise of cardiology, radiology, vascular surgery and vascular medicine and delivers care in one location in downtown St. Paul. The clinic is a partnership between Minnesota Surgical Associates, St. Paul Radiology and United Heart & Vascular Clinic.

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.

View United Heart & Vascular Clinic cardiologists.

Our doctors in the news

Turkey Trot participant thanks United Hospital nurse for saving his life

News coverage about how a man survived a heart attack during the St. Paul Turkey Trot last Thanksgiving includes an interview with Pierce Vatterott, MD.

Spotting heart disease in women

Margaret Beahrs, MD, explains how heart disease shows up differently in women than in men.

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Our research team

Our research team includes cardiologists, clinical scientists, research coordinators and regulatory specialists who work together to advance medical knowledge and patient care.

For patients and study participants

United Heart & Vascular Clinic provides resources for the prevention, detection and treatment of heart disease. We encourage our patients to take an active role in decisions on their plan of care. This may include options that are only available through clinical research studies.

Our clinic has dedicated research staff that carefully screen any patient who is interested in a study. Participation is strictly voluntary. Each patient must give their permission to participate; and, the patient may revoke this consent at any time during a study.

We participate in a large variety of studies related to heart and vascular diseases. This includes a wide range of studies that may use implantable devices, medications, or other novel therapies to treat a variety of conditions. This includes (but is not limited to) the following areas of cardiology:

  • Heart Failure: When the heart is not pumping as well as it should.
  • Heart Attacks: When the heart muscle is damaged due to a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the heart.
  • Electrophysiology: Focuses on the electrical function of the heart and treats conditions such as atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia or heart blocks.
  • Interventional Cardiology: Heart catheterization procedures such as a stent.
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapies: Using pacemaker therapy to help the heart beat more uniformly.
  • Prevention/Secondary Prevention: Trying to stop heart disease from happening in the first place, or prevent another event from happening.
  • Cardiovascular surgery: Such as bypass surgery, valve surgery and other procedures.
  • Vascular Diseases: Treating disease in vessels outside the heart such as vessels that supply blood to the legs.

Check with your cardiologist if you are interested in learning more about research studies being conducted at United Heart and Vascular Clinic.

For providers and study sponsors

United Heart & Vascular Clinic has a designated research department. Our research staff includes coordinators, regulatory specialists, research scientists and financial personnel. The Operations Manager has over 15 years of experience in clinical research management and 35 years in the medical profession. Our medical director, Dr. Alan Bank, has over 30 years of experience in medical practice and research. He is a multi-published author and speaker.

We have access to many tools to assist in the conduction of research. This ranges from onsite clinical support to laboratory, imaging and diagnostic services. It includes a dedicated device clinic, a vascular clinic, a core echocardiography lab, cardiac catheterization labs and operating rooms.

There are dedicated research offices, temperature controlled locked storage/refrigeration, and a designated office for study monitors. We have access to deep freezer storage, advanced lab processing and advanced diagnostic services at United Hospital.

Our providers serve as consultants for clinical research projects and studies for external clients. They are also available to assist with field support training and other educational services.

Research is conducted in compliance to all local, state and federal guidelines and regulations.

To find out more about research services, contact Deb Jones, research operations manager, 651-241-2285 or send Deb Jones an email.

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Should I participate in a clinical trial?

This information can help you understand the patient's role in medical research and what questions patients should ask researchers.

Specialized clinics

Heart Disease Prevention Clinic

At this heart attack and stroke prevention clinic, you will receive a complete picture of your health by meeting with a cardiologist, nutritionist and exercise physiologist.

United Vascular Clinic

United Vascular Clinic combines expertise of cardiology, radiology, vascular surgery and vascular medicine and delivers care in one convenient clinic location in downtown St. Paul, Minn. United Vascular Clinic is a partnership between Minnesota Surgical Associates, St. Paul Radiology and United Heart & Vascular Clinic.

More locations

United Heart & Vascular Clinic offers several convenient Minnesota and western Wisconsin locations.

View a list of all United Heart & Vascular Clinic locations.

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