Advanced Heart Care

Ascension Columbia St. Mary's is Leading the Way

At Ascension, one of the most exciting aspects of caring for patients with heart disease is the ability to offer leading-edge medical treatments and surgical procedures. Dramatic improvements in heart surgery technology have resulted in superior surgical techniques, many pioneered and perfected by our own heart specialists with advanced medical equipment. Together, these latest advances work to achieve your return to an active, rewarding life.

We've taken our heart program to a higher level of care. All three of our hospitals are fully accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. This means we provide rapid diagnosis and fast-track treatment that often prevents severe heart attacks from occurring.

To earn Accredited Chest Pain status, hospitals must meet a variety of stringent standards, including emergency assessment, timely diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes. Click here for the full story.

The skills and technology at Ascension Columbia St. Mary's are exceptionally well complemented by the finest physicians, nurses, and other professional personnel all dedicated to your care and complete recovery. You can improve your chances even more by knowing the early warning signs of a heart attack, and by knowing Ascension offers a level of comprehensive cardiac care that is second to none in Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties. The future of heart care is here!

Cardiac Surgery

Our heart surgeons are leaders in the field of open heart surgery. Their experience, skill and ability to use the latest medical technology is unmatched. They also share a philosophy of care which extends to the most high-risk patients and those often turned away by other hospitals. For that reason, Ascension surgeons and care teams have an international reputation, drawing patients across the U.S. and around the world.

Cardiac surgery procedures available:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts (CABG)
  • Minimally Invasive Direct Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB)
  • Coronary Endarterectomy
  • High Risk Cardiac Disease Surgery
  • Laser Transmyocardial Revascularization (LTMR)
  • Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
  • Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (OPCAB)
  • Minimally Invasive Vein Harvest (without long ankle to groin leg incision)

Many of the latest advances in heart surgery provide significant benefits to you:

  • Less Post-operative Pain
  • Decreased Fatigue and Weakness
  • Minimal Scarring
  • Shorter Recovery Time
  • Less Risk of Memory Loss (a common result of the heart-lung pump)
  • Shorter Hospital Stays
  • Fewer Complications Overall

A Full Range of Programs & Services

We provide heart care at both Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee and Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee . Together, we offer a full range of programs and services to help you every step of the way from prevention to diagnosis to rehabilitation.

Emergency Department Services

Only experienced, board certified emergency medicine physicians work in the emergency departments at Ascension hospitals. These physicians are experts, skilled in diagnosing and stabilizing patients with heart attacks and other heart-related conditions.

Our Chest Pain Evaluation Program is designed to provide the most efficient diagnosis, allowing for prompt, appropriate medical intervention. Each year, more than 60,000 people receive care and treatment in our emergency departments.

Testing & Treatment

Cardiology is a medical specialty, which includes the diagnosis and "non-surgical" treatment of diseases affecting the heart and arteries throughout the body. Physicians who specialize in the field of cardiology are known as cardiologists. These specialists, working with state-of-the-art technology, are able to diagnose and treat heart disease utilizing a variety of effective, expedient treatment plans.

Never satisfied with the status quo, Ascension cardiologists maintain a high level of interest and involvement in the cutting-edge innovations within their field. They pride themselves on maintaining a superior level of skill and providing you with the newest procedures, techniques and equipment available. This dedication to excellence within the cardiology team is a perfect compliment to the individualized care and personal attention they provide to each and every person they serve.

Available testing services include:

  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrophysiology Study
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Nuclear Medicine Studies
  • Peripheral Vascular Studies
  • Stress Testing

Available treatment services include:

  • Angioplasty (or balloon angioplasty)
  • Atherectomy
  • Pacemaker/ICD Clinic
  • Stent Placement


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