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United Heart & Vascular Clinic

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United Heart & Vascular Clinic
located in the Nasseff Specialty Center building, on the United Hospital campus

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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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.

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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 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:

  • heart failure
  • cardiac arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation, ventricular irregularities, heart block)
  • heart attack
  • electrophysiology (electrical function of the heart)
  • interventional cardiology (heart catheterization)
  • heart resynchronization (using pacemaker therapy to help the heart beat uniformly)
  • prevention
  • cardiovascular surgery
  • vascular disease (in vessels outside the heart such as the large leg veins)

Check with your cardiologist if you are interested in learning more about research studies.

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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.

Healthy legs

Keep the circulation going

Varicose veins are evidence of a common condition called venous insufficiency that can be prevented and treated. Dr. Thomas Biggs explains the causes and symptoms of venous insufficiency and what you can do about it.