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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 including laser heart surgery, advanced vascular treatments like the Silverhawk™ Plaque Excision System and North Dakota's first dedicated women's heart program: Women's HeartAdvantage™. 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.
Nurse practitioners and physician assistant
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:
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.
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.
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