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At Sanford Health in Bismarck, our cardiac team has a history of leading the way with new vision and smarter ways to treat heart disease. We developed the region's first Cardiac Cath Lab and first Cardiac Rehab Center and were the first to perform open heart surgery.

Today, we continue to bring innovative technology and services to our patients, such as laser heart surgery, advanced vascular treatments like the Silverhawk™ Plaque Excision System and the region’s most advanced CT scanner, which provides incredibly detailed four-dimensional images of the heart in less time than it takes for your heart to pump one beat. We also offer a Heart Failure Program to help those diagnosed with heart failure manage their symptoms to live a longer, more comfortable life. Our team of cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons are proven innovators in the treatment and prevention of heart disease.

By coupling life-saving technology with expertly trained, board-certified physicians, Sanford Health is proud to offer one of the most progressive heart programs in the country with medical and surgical outcomes that outperform regional and national standards.

Thomson 2009 logo Sanford Health in Bismarck has been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters. Sanford Health was the only health system in central and western North Dakota to receive this award. The annual Thomson Reuters award for cardiovascular services independently measures performance on eight key criteria related to cardiovascular care at the nation's top performing acute–care hospital.
American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR® ACTION Registry®–GWTGTM Silver Performance Achievement Award
The award recognizes Sanford Health’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. The Bismarck region of Sanford Health consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry®-GWTGTM for our consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures to receive this 2013 award.

American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Quality Achievement Award for heart attack care
Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI (the most severe form of heart attack) patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients. Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck is the only healthcare institution in western North Dakota to receive this award, which speaks to its commitment and success in implementing high standards of care for heart attack patients.


Surya Artham, MD
Dragos Balk, Cardiology, Sanford Health Dragos Balf, MD
Richard Howard, MD

Stephen Korte, MD


Diane Kraft, MD

Timothy Pansegrau, MD
Cardiovascular Surgery
Karthik Reddy, MD
Sean Russell, MD
Cardiovascular Surgery

Nurse practitioners and physician assistant

Denise Carlson, FNP-BC, APRN
Fae Glass, FNP Fae Glass, FNP
Cardiovascular Surgery
Wanda Knudson, PAC
Janel Olson, FNP
Elizabeth Scheurer, FNP Elizabeth Scheurer, FNP
Cardiovascular Surgery
Chelsey Schneider, FNP

Anticoagulation Clinic

Sanford's Anticoagulation Clinic was created to provide safe and convenient follow-up care for patients who take Coumadin, a blood-thinning medication often prescribed to reduce a patient's risk for heart attacks, strokes and blood clots.

Expertly trained medical staff help patients receive the education and monitoring necessary to get the best results from this important medication and to decrease potential side effects.

The following are some of the topics our staff discusses with patients:
  • How Coumadin works and possible side effects
  • Signs and symptoms of bleeding or blood clots
  • Which medications, herbal products and vitamins may interact and/or interfere with Coumadin
  • Which foods may interact with Coumadin
  • Instructions for dose changes when necessary
  • Suggested exercise and lifestyle changes

The Anticoagulation Clinic uses a computer software database specially developed just for the management of Coumadin therapy, to record and monitor your response to the medication, maximizing each patient's quality of care.

A physician's referral is required to attend the clinic. If you are taking Coumadin or plan to, visit with your primary care physician to determine if you would benefit from this new service.

For more information, call (701) 323-8544.

Liposorber treatment

For some people, even diet and prescription medications cannot effectively lower dangerously high levels of LKL, also known as LDL aphenessis (aphexesis) or bad cholesterol. These patients now have a new option called Liposorber treatment. Sanford Health is the only facility in North Dakota offering this advanced technology.

The Liposorber system works by removing the bad cholesterol from the blood. The procedure is similar to kidney dialysis. A needle is inserted into the patient's arm. The blood then flows through the Liposorber system, where the bad choesterol is removed. The blood, which now contains only good cholesterol, is returned to the patient through a second needle site. The process takes two to three hours.

A patient's LDL cholesterol level can be lowered by 73 percent to 83 percent after a single treatment. The Liposorber procedure is not a cure. Patients must continue to have treatments either every week or every other week for the rest of their lives to maintain the lowered cholesterol level.

Patients must meet specific criteria to be candidates for this procedure. Contact your physician to help determine if Liposorber treatment is appropriate for you. For more information, call
(701) 323-2828.


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