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Published on September 11, 2017

Gundersen provides comprehensive cardiac care, 24/7

Our team of more than 30 heart specialists, including 13 cardiologists, five interventional cardiologists and three cardiothoracic surgeons, offers you and your heart patients a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and heart disease management services. We'll work with you to find the right level of care for each patient. Below is a list of just some of our many services that might be beneficial to you and your patients. To learn more, visit us online.

Cardiac Catheterization Procedures
Gundersen provides a variety of minimally invasive, catheter-based coronary interventions including coronary angioplasty, valvuloplasty, stenting and rotoblator.

Electrophysiology Service
Gundersen has a full-time, on-staff electrophysiologist, David Ludden, MD, who offers you and your patients:

  • Diagnostic EP studies (EPS)
  • Implanted devices for cardiac rhythm management (CRM) including loop recorders, pacemakers and/or defibrillators
  • Rhythm monitoring and assessments
  • Ablations including ventricular tachycardia, supraventricular tachycardia, atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation (beginning the end of 2017)

Pediatric Cardiology
Our pediatric cardiologists Susan MacLellan-Tobert, MD, FACC, FAAP, and Christen Chamberland, MD, FAAP, provide diagnosis, evaluation and treatment options for acquired and congenital pediatric heart conditions from fetal life through adulthood. They care for pediatric patients with:

  • Murmurs, syncope, chest pain, palpitations or irregular rhythm
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Cyanosis
  • Family history of cardiac concerns
  • Heart infection
  • Other abnormal heart test results

They also see patients through the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic and provide services to Gundersen Tomah Clinic and OakLeaf Clinics in Eau Claire where they offer consultative and follow-up appointments and echocardiography.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Procedures
Cardiothoracic surgeons Prem Rabrindranauth, MD, FACS; Venki Paramesh, MD, FACS; and Sajjad Rizvi, MD, in conjunction with our Cardiology providers, lead our cardiothoracic team to offer your patients:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG)
  • Heart valve repair/replacement
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS) including valve surgery, MICS-CABG and hybrid procedures
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Transmyocardial revascularization (TMR)

Priority One Heart Attack Program
This program uses a team approach for the swift transfer of patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who need PCI, such as angioplasty and stenting. Priority One at Gundersen was the first of its kind in Wisconsin. At the heart of the program is a network of more than 15 regional emergency departments that have partnered with Gundersen. The skilled EMS personnel and Gundersen's Emergency Services staff round out the team.

With a single call, emergency medical transportation is dispatched and a specialized team is mobilized to prepare for the patient who, upon arrival at Gundersen, is taken directly to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Gundersen also has cardiac surgery available if needed, including minimally invasive heart bypass.

In addition to in-house echocardiograms, Gundersen's Mobile Echo Services make it easier for your patients to receive this service closer to home. Our cardiac sonographers travel with mobile echo units to more than a dozen regional locations. They perform routine adult and pediatric transthoracic echoes at all these locations as well as stress echoes at select locations. Data is transmitted to a cardiologist at Gundersen in La Crosse for interpretation. You, as the primary care provider, will receive a report usually within one week—sooner if necessary. For more information on our Mobile Echo program call (608) 775-2659 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 52659.

Regional Specialty Services
To give your patients easier access to specialty heart care closer to home, our specialists regularly see patients and providers in various locations throughout our 19-county service area and beyond. In addition, we can conduct some appointments via telemedicine at many regional locations.

Telemedicine Services
Our cardiologists provide consultations for new and established patients via telemedicine. They provide chronic care management, including review of laboratory results, medications and symptom management. Gundersen cardiologists providing telemedicine include:

Our cardiothoracic surgeons and associate staff can provide telemedicine consults for post-operative patients at your local clinic or hospital. They include:

Supportive Services
We will work with you to provide your patients with these services if they are not offered at your local hospital or clinic:

  • Specialty care clinics including Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, Cardiovascular Prevention Clinic, Heart Failure Clinic and Valve Clinic
  • Exercise physiology
  • Cardiac diagnostic testing
  • Enhanced external counter pulsation
  • Monitoring including CardioMEMS™, an at-home electronic monitoring system for HF

For a referral or consultation, to schedule an appointment for a patient, or to reach a Gundersen heart specialist, call Gundersen via MedLink at (608) 775-5465 or (800) 336-5465.

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