A full-service cardiac catheterization laboratory provides diagnostic and therapeutic treatments in both in-patient and outpatient settings. Services are offered at Saint Louis University Hospital and Des Peres Hospital. Both locations have separate outpatient facilities designed for easy admission and discharge on the same day. Services provided include right and left heart catheterization, coronary angiography for the diagnosis of coronary atherosclerosis, and valvular heart disease. Other diagnostic procedures include coronary artery spasm studies, intravascular ultrasound, and constriction / restriction drug studies. Theraputic treatments include coronary stenting, atherectomy, aortic and mitral valvuloplasty, coronary and peripheral thrombolytic therapy, percutaneous closure of atrial septal defects, and alcohol septal ablation for the treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Ablation Laboratory
The Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Ablation Laboratory offers a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for the advanced treatment cardiac arrhythmias. Services include pulmonary vein isolation/ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation; intracardiac recordings of electrical activity; identification of site origin and mechanisms of dysrhythmias; intracardiac mapping of accessory pathways and ventricular tachycardias; and transvenous RF ablation of sustained supraventricular and ventricular dysrhythmias. Also offered are cardioversions, pacemaker implantations, automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator and signal-averaged electrocardiography.
The Echocardiography Laboratory at Saint Louis University offers out patient non-invasive cardiac imaging at three locations: The Tower, SLUCare Des Peres and Saint Louis University Hospital. Echocardiography is a non-invasive ultrasound imaging procedure that provides specific information regarding the heart valves and the efficiency of contraction of the heart muscle. Echocardiography is the diagnostic test of choice for patients with valvular heart disease; aortic stenosis, aortic insufficiency, mitral insufficiency, and tricuspid and pulmonary valve problems. Transesophageal echocardiograpy, a technique in which the ultrasound probe is placed in the esophagus, provides subperb ultrasound images and is available at Saint Louis University.
Cardiovascular Stress Testing and Nuclear Cardiology
A full range of convenient outpatient noninvasive cardiac imaging procedures is offered, in combination with either exercise or drug stress testing. Imaging experts provide same-day reporting of stress and imaging results to referring physicians. Service include stress testing, stress echocardiography, and dobutamine stress echocardiography.
Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing
Cardiopulmonary stress testing is offered in our cardiology practice at The Tower. A cardiopulmonary stress test is a special type of exercise test that is indicated in evaluating cardiac patients, especially those with heart failure. In addition to walking on a treadmill, the patient wears a specialized mouthpiece that measures gas exchange (oxygen and carbon dioxide) in the lungs while exercising. This helps the cardiologist determine functional status of the heart and lungs during exercise.
Provides 24- and 48-hour ambulatory Holter monitoring, 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitor pacemaker electrocardiography and transtelephonic monitoring. Services are offered through our outreach sites and at Saint Louis University Hospital.
Computed Tomographic Cardiac Angiography (CTA)
This advanced X-ray imaging technique provides high quality images of the cardiac structures and the coronary arteries. Patients that would benefit from CTA are those with symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath on exertion that cannot undergo a stress test due to an inability to exercise, patients that have had stress tests that could not rule out a problem with blood flow to the heart, or patients with know structural defects of the heart. This service is available at Saint Louis University Hospital.
Advanced Treatment of Heart Failure
The Saint Louis University Division of Cardiology has a long standing tradition as a leader in diagnosing and treating heart failure. Paul Hauptman, M.D., is the director of a specialized heart failure treatment program located the University Club Tower. Due to Dr. Hauptman's reputation as an expert in the advanced treatment of heart failure, his practice has become a regional center for patients with heart failure, often receiving referrals for patients who live within a 200-mile radius.
Cardiac rehabilitation is offered at The Tower. Cardiac rehabilitation is a program designed to restore cardiac patients to their optimal physical, psychological and social functioning levels through assessment, exercise prescription and formal exercise sessions, smoking cessation and patient education.
A cardiovascular risk-reduction program includes comprehensive screening followed by an in-depth explanation of the patient's risk factors for coronary artery disease. Diagnostic procedures include cardiac stress testing, CRP and assessment of cholesterol levels and diet. These comprehensive tests are offered at the offices located at The Tower and at Des Peres Hospital.
A new preventive cardiology program being offered is LIVEWell, an empowering 12-week program designed to help you develop a heart-healthy lifestyle that works for you. Sessions are held in The University Tower, conveniently located across from the St. Louis Galleria. For costs, session times or more information about LIVEWell, the healthy lifestyle and cardiovascular risk reduction program at The Tower, please call (314) 863-6535 or (866) 977-4440.