Matters of the Heart
It's natural to take matters of the heart for granted. But when something
goes wrong, you need a medical facility you can trust with your life.
The Heart Care Team
At St. Michael Hospital, we have experienced cardiac specialists. Our Heart Care program
offers many services and a highly skilled team of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons,
cardiac nurses, rehabilitation specialists and others who will work closely with your family
physician to meet all your heart care needs.
A Tradition of Caring
St. Michael Hospital has been providing family-centered health care to the greater
Milwaukee community for nearly 60 years. High quality heart care is an important part of
our proud history. Our Critical Care Unit, for example, recently celebrated its 30th
anniversary. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has been in existence for more than 25
years. And our newly renovated Emergency Department has been treating cardiac patients
since we first opened our doors in 1941.
Comprehensive Health Care
From prevention through diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, St. Michael Hospital is
dedicated to providing a complete spectrum of cardiac services in an atmosphere of
personalized care and concern.
The Heart Care Team
The expertise of an experienced staff is an essential component of any heart care program.
All of our cardiologist, cardiovascular surgeons and anesthesiologists have many years of
intensive training and experience and are either board-certified or have the equivalent
credentials. Your physicians will be assisted by a full team of health care professionals
form St. Michael Hospital including cardiac nurses, critical care nurses, cardiac
rehabilitation specialists, technologists, dietitians, pharmacists, patient transition
coordinators, and social workers.
Your family doctor is another integral member of the heart care team. The physician who
knows you best can help cardiac specialists understand your overall physical condition and
provide follow-up care and education to keep you and your heart in good health.
When heart problems occur, minutes can mean the difference between life and death. With
more than 42,000 admissions annually, our Emergency Department is one of the busiest in
Milwaukee and is fully prepared for cardiac emergencies. A St. Michael Hospital
cardiologist is available around the clock. And the department is staffed 24 hours a day by
board certified physicians and registered nurses certified in Advanced Cardiac Life
Patients who need continuous monitoring and close observation are cared for in our
Critical Care Center. This unit is staffed by highly trained and experienced registered
nurses and other members of the health care team.
A precise diagnosis is the first step toward effective treatment. At the Heart Care Center,
virtually any type of diagnostic cardiac testing is available - from a simple resting EKG to a
complex echocardiogram. These tests are painless and frequently are done on an outpatient
Cardiac catheterization is an invasive diagnostic test in which the cardiologist uses a
catheter, special dye and x-rays to obtain detailed information on the structure and function
of the heart. St. Michael has been performing cardiac catheterization routinely since
opening a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in 1985.
Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA)
Percutaneous translluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is a non-surgical procedure in
which a small balloon is used to open blocked arteries, restoring blood flow to the heart
muscle. The patient remains awake during the entire procedure, which usually lasts form
30 minutes to two hours. Angioplasty has long been performed on an emergency basis at
St. Michael Hospital and is used whenever appropriate as an alternative to major surgery.
Our heart surgery program is the result of years of careful planning to meet the growing
needs of patients and physicians, and to add another dimension to established cardiac
services. Two state-of-the-art surgery suites offer the most advanced technology available
to perform all the customary surgical heart procedures including coronary artery bypass
and valve surgeries.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program offers four progressive phases of monitored exercise
and education to help patients achieve and an active, heart-healthy life.
The program begins during hospitalization and continues through outpatient care in the
wellness environment of the St. Michael Hospital Health Center in Brown Deer. The
Health Center is staffed by rehabilitation specialists including registered nurses, therapists
and exercise physiologists.
Education and Support
Along with one-on-one patient education, St. Michael Hospital offers a variety
of community education classes to help individuals change lifestyle habits for the good of
their heart. Topics range form diet and exercise, to stress and smoking. Blood pressure
monitoring, cholesterol screening programs and a heart risk assessment survey are also
Three active cardiac support groups - two for patients and one for spouses - meet regularly
at the St. Michael Hospital Health Center in Brown Deer.
Philosophy of Care
Our coordinated approach to caring ensures that every
aspect of your treatment is carefully planned to be as comfortable,
efficient and conducive to recovery as possible. Coordinated care
also means total well being. We work to see that all our patients'
needs are met - the physical as well as the psychological, spiritual
and social concerns that sometimes come with diagnosis and treatment.
As a member of the Covenant Healthcare System and being sponsored
by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, our primary mission is to provide
patients and their families with the highest level of care in an atmosphere
of kindness, dignity and respect. From simple tests to sophisticated
surgery, from technologist and therapist to nurse and physician, that
special blend of touch and technology extends across St. Michael Hospital.
It's been that way for more than half a century. It�s our tradition
of caring...and our future full of promise.
For more information about the Heart Care program at St. Michael
Hospital, please call (414) 527-8203.