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United Heart & Vascular Clinic
United Heart & Vascular Clinic
225 North Smith Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map and directions
Patients can be dropped off at the building entrance located on Chestnut Street. There is a covered drive through for your convenience. After dropping off a patient, turn left onto Chestnut Avenue and enter the flat lot parking area (Lot H) behind the Nasseff Specialty Center.
Parking is available at a reduced rate in the flat lot (Lot H). The entrance to Lot H is on Chestnut Avenue. You must have your parking ticket validated by the office receptionist to get the reduced rate, so please bring your parking ticket with you. Parking is also available in the Gold Ramp across the street from the Nasseff Specialty Center. This ramp charges a full rate. A skyway connects this ramp with the Nasseff Specialty Center. You can reach the skyway on the third floor of the parking ramp. This will take you to the second floor of the Nasseff Specialty Center. Follow the skyway from the parking ramp and over Smith Avenue. When you reach the Nasseff Specialty Center, follow the skyway to the right and around to the front of the building. There is a bank of three elevators at the far end of this skyway. United Heart & Vascular Clinic is on fourth floor. More about parking on the United Hospital campus
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.
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
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.
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).
An echocardiogram uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Medical implants are used to treat these heart problems:
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 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.
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.
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Most patients see us at the request of their primary care physician. You can also schedule an appointment directly with us by calling 651-292-0007.
Prior to your first appointment, our scheduling staff will contact you to pre-register and obtain medical history information necessary for your visit. At that time you will be assigned to your primary cardiologist. Your primary cardiologist will coordinate all aspects of your cardiovascular care and work closely with your primary care physician to maintain heart health.
Prior to your first visit, our scheduling staff will contact your primary care physician's office to obtain medical records pertinent to your visit. Your primary care physician may send a letter or speak directly to your primary cardiologist regarding the reason for your visit.
After each subsequent clinic visit or hospitalization, your primary care physician will receive a letter from your cardiologist summarizing your visit (current cardiac health status, their assessment and recommendations for maintaining heart health). It is important that you discuss the cardiologist's recommendations with your primary care physician. Your primary care physician can help implement and monitor many aspects of the care plan recommended by your cardiologist.
Your primary cardiologist must first review tests before you are notified of the results. There could be some delay in reporting results if your primary cardiologist is out of the office.
Abnormal results will be reviewed promptly even if your primary cardiologist is unavailable. The nurse clinician will call and review with you these test results and the cardiologist's recommendations. If your results are normal or stable you will receive a follow up letter stating the results in the mail within two weeks.
If you call us for the results of tests that your primary care physician ordered, you would be advised to call your primary care physician's office instead for the results.
If you have medical problems or questions about your heart, please call us and ask to speak with your primary cardiologist's nurse clinician. The nurse clinician will review your problem or question, obtain your record, and update your primary cardiologist.
If the nurse clinician is working at the hospital or seeing patients in the office, you may choose to leave a message on the nurse clinician's voicemail. If your condition requires immediate assistance your call will be transferred to our triage nurse. If your call is in regard to a potentially serious or life threatening emergency you should call 911.
For medical problems not related to your heart, contact your primary care physician.
For non-urgent questions you can email your provider through MyChart. Send a follow-up question about your last visit, request a referral, form or record; or questions about medicines. Log in, sign up or learn more.
We only refill medications that we prescribe and actively manage. Patients must have been seen within the past year by a United Heart & Vascular Clinic physician or nurse practitioner to allow us to refill your medications. If you require an appointment to qualify for a refill, our staff will assist you in scheduling an appointment.
We only accepts refills directly from your pharmacy. We cannot accept patient phone calls for refill requests. Please allow one week for your refill request to be approved and processed. Some medications require that patients have appropriate surveillance lab work on file prior to authorizing the refill.
Your primary physician should refill all other medications. Your cardiologist may initiate a new prescription for heart medicine, but ask that your primary physician refill it.
In some instances, your primary cardiologist will arrange for you to meet with other members of your care team, such as nurse practitioners or nurse clinicians. Our nurse practitioners and nurse clinicians specialize in cardiovascular disease. All have extensive training and experience in cardiovascular disease treatment and management. Nurse practitioners have additional training enabling them to provide even more sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic support for you and your primary cardiologist. Most importantly, our nurse practitioners and nurse clinicians work directly with your primary cardiologist in managing your care.
We have different cardiologists for different problems. Your primary cardiologist may send you (if needed) to the experts specific to your problem. Imaging specialists are highly trained in the interpretation of images from technology such as nuclear cameras, ultrasound machines (echocardiograms and carotid ultrasounds) and CT scanners. Interventional cardiologists are the experts in the use of catheters, angioplasty and stent insertion to open clogged coronary arteries. Electrophysiologists focus on the electrical activity of the heart to diagnose problems that cause the heart to beat too quickly, too slowly or with an irregular pattern. They may implant pacemakers or defibrillators to treat these conditions, or use medications, or in some special cases, perform a curative procedure known as radiofrequency ablation.
Our cardiologists are assigned for a week at a time to visit patients who need cardiovascular care in the hospital. This helps provide continuity in care and better case management. Your attending cardiologist will be in contact with your primary cardiologist and primary care physician during your hospitalization. After your hospital stay, your primary cardiologist will again assume responsibility for coordinating your heart care. Your hospitalization records will be available and reviewed by your primary cardiologist at your next office visit. Patients and their families, hospital nursing staff and referring physicians report higher levels of satisfaction with this team management approach.
Our research team
Our research team includes cardiologists, clinical scientists, research cooridinators and regulatory specialists who work together to advance medical knowledge and patient care.
For providers and study sponsors
United Heart & Vascular Clinic includes a designated research department. Research staff includes coordinators, regulatory support specialist, research scientists and financial analyst. The Operations Manager has over 15 years in clinical research management and 35 years in the medical profession. Alan Bank, MD, serves as the medical director and has over 30 years in medical practice and research, and is a multi-published author and speaker.
We provide onsite clinic support, exam rooms, lab, imaging and diagnostic services, device clinic, core echocardiography lab, cardiac cath labs and vascular clinic. There are dedicated research offices, locked storage, and refrigeration and monitor rooms. We have access to freezer storage,lab processing and shipping. We have the option of using either our local IRB or a central IRB. Our providers serve as consultants for clinic 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.
For more about research services, contact Deb Jones, research operations manager, 651-241-2285 or email: Deb Jones.
For patients and study participants
United Heart & Vascular Clinic provides resources for the prevention, detection and treatment of heart disease. To maintain expertise in cutting edge technologies and therapies, providers participate in clinical research studies supported by an onsite research department. Patients may qualify to voluntarily participate in a research study that might offer treatment options not yet available as routine or standard care.
We participate in large, multi-site industry sponsored studies, federally funded research trials, physician initiated projects and consulting. Research conducted here includes a comprehensive range of device, drug and biologic therapies covering multiple conditions and diseases in cardiovascular medicine including:
Check with your cardiologist if you are interested in learning more about research studies.
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.
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
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