Treating Heart Disease
Together, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center and the Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota offer the most comprehensive cardiac and vascular services in the area. We are proud to be a Verified Level II Trauma Center. A critical aspect of care at Avera McKennan is emergency transport. Careflight includes emergency helicopter and fixed wing transport.
Thrombolytic Therapy Program
This program provides for an exchange system with hospitals, ensuring constant availability of intravenous thrombolytic drugs for use in interrupting an acute myocardial infarction and improving patient outcomes.
Interventional Vascular Services
New techniques and devices offer alternative treatments for a variety of vascular diseases which, in the past, may have required surgery or presented limited treatment options. Interventional vascular procedures provided at Avera McKennan include:
- Diagnostic Angiography
- Stenting and stent grafts
- IVC Filter Placement
- Intravascular Thrombolysis
Avera McKennan offers the region’s finest facilities for cardiovascular surgery, with technologies, capabilities and outcomes second to none. Our services in this area include all types of open heart surgery, surgery of the aorta and vena cava and corrective surgeries.
This system is designed to provide the physician and other healthcare professionals an analysis of the patient’s pacemaker function. Each patient receives a transmitter at the time of enrollment, making 24-hour communication with the Teletrace Center possible from any location by telephone.