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Heart Center

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EIRMC offers a wide range of cardiovascular services for adult patients with cardiac conditions that affect their heart and blood vessels. From testing and treatment to prevention and rehabilitation, our experienced and highly skilled staff is trained to take care of the unique needs of heart and vascular patients - and their families. 

When it comes to heart problems, "time is muscle." The quicker a heart attack patient receives care, the better the outcomes for the patient.  The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have challenged hospitals to meet a 90-minute goal for ""Door to Balloon" (D2B) times for heart attack patients.   D2B refers to the elapsed time from when a heart attack patient hits the door of the ER to when the catheter guide wire is inserted in the cath lab.

EIRMC has far surpassed the national “best practices” standard, averaging 57 minutes over the last year.  Our superior clinical practices have also earned EIRMC Chest Pain Accreditation through the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. 

In addition to traditional cardiac catheterization, we also offer the transradial approach (entry at the wrist instead of the groin), an option provided at fewer than 15% of heart programs in the U.S. 

EIRMC’s Heart Center also offers a wide range of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, including minimally-invasive procedures and traditional open heart surgery.  We are the only hospital in the region offering minimally-invasive valve repair and replacement.   

EIRMC’s Echocardiology Lab is accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).  This 2-year process required that technicians maintain a higher level of training and meet ongoing educational hours.  Additionally, both physicians and technicians must complete peer-to-peer reviews. EIRMC has the only hospital-based nuclear lab in Idaho, Montana & Wyoming with this accreditation.

Our Services Include:

  • Heart Catheterization (1,800 performed annually)
    • Interventional (431 cases in 2014)
    • STEMI
  • Pacemaker/ Defibrillator Placement
  • ASD/PFO Closure
  • Echocardiology
  • Elective Cardioversion
  • Event Recorder Placement
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Cardiac Surgery:
    • Coronary artery bypass grafting
    • Valve Repair & Replacement (including minimally- invasive)
    • Intra-operative ablation for arrhythmia
    • Pericardial drainage
  • Thoracic Surgery:
    • Pulmonary resection
    • ŸVideo-assisted thoracic surgery
  • Vascular:
    • Carotid endarterectomy
    • Aortic aneurysmorrhaphy
    • Peripheral revascularization
  • EKG
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab
  • Pediatric Cardiology (partnership with University of Utah)