Advanced heart care at EIRMC in Idaho Falls, Idaho
The nationally recognized heart specialists at EIRMC are specially trained to provide advanced treatments for patients with heart conditions. The solutions they offer include life changing surgeries and innovative procedures.
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center has been named a “50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital” in the US by IBM Watson Health™ for two years in a row. The organization studied performance metrics from 989 US hospitals, and identified top tier facilities for inpatient cardiovascular services. (2021, 2020).
For more information about our cardiologist services or to make an appointment with a cardiologist, call (208) 227-2778.
Heart care services
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center has a complete spectrum of cardiac, cardiovascular and thoracic services for adult patients with heart conditions. We perform minimally invasive procedures and traditional open heart surgery. We are also the only hospital in the region offering minimally invasive valve repair and replacement.
Our heart services include:
- Atrial septal defect closure
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Cardiac surgery
- Chest pain treatment
- Chronic total occlusion (CTO) interventions
- Elective cardioversion
- Event recorder placement
- Heart catheterization
- Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO)
- Nuclear cardiology
- Pacemaker and defibrillator
- Paravalvular leak (PVL) closure
- Patent foramen ovale closure
- Pediatric cardiology (in partnership with University of Utah)
- Thoracic surgery
- Transcatheter aortic valve
- Transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR)
- Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr)
- Vascular surgery
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center offers electrophysiology (EP) services in our state-of-the-art EP lab. Electrophysiology studies are conducted on patients with abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias.
Typically, electrical signals travel through the heart in a regular pattern, but some factors can cause the heart to beat irregularly. Common causes of an irregular heart beat include heart attack, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation and congenital heart defects.
During the EP study, a heart doctor inserts a small sheath into your artery or vein and guides several small catheters through the sheath towards your heart. An advanced GPS guidance system maps a 3D image of your heart.
Small electric pulses are delivered through the catheter so that your heart beats at different rhythms. The signals produced by your heart are recorded, which allows the doctor to identify where the arrhythmias are occurring. Treatment options may include medication, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation or surgery.
Cardiac catheterization lab
Our cardiac catheterization lab provides diagnostic and therapeutic services by cardiologists that excel in their field. We have the full capacity and support to treat patients 24/7 who are experiencing chest pain or complications due to coronary artery disease. A cardiac catheterization is generally ordered on an emergency basis when symptoms, like chest pain, could mean serious heart problems.
At Eastern Idaho Regional, some patients have the option for a transradial catheter—a catheter with entry at the patient’s wrist, as an alternative to the groin. This can reduce complications, decrease bleeding and promote a faster recovery.
Our cardiologists routinely train doctors from across the country on this technique. Eastern Idaho Regional has the highest volume of transradial catheterizations in the Intermountain West.
Cath lab procedures
Our cardiac cath lab team includes critical care specialists, cardiologists, interventional radiologists, licensed radiologic technologists, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants and registered cardiovascular technicians. This team is able to perform heart screenings to identify heart conditions, heart defects and how well the heart functions.
Diagnostic procedures in the cath lab include:
- Coronary angiography
- Right and left heart catheterization
- Peripheral vascular angiography studies
- Myocardial biopsy
- Pacemaker insertion, permanent and temporary
- Pacing studies, overdrive pacing, cardioversions
Pericardiocentesis interventional procedures in the cath lab include:
- Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
- Intra-aortic balloon placement
- Percutaneous transluminal peripheral vascular angioplasty
- Intracoronary stent placement
- Intracoronary rotational atherectomy
- Intra-vascular ultrasound
- Intracoronary thrombectomy
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
TAVR is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that repairs a damaged valve without removing it. A team of heart surgeons and interventional cardiologists work together to place a collapsible artificial valve into the heart via a catheter. When in position, it expands and pushes the old valve leaflets out of the way, and the tissue in the replacement valve takes over the job of regulating blood flow. Before TAVR, replacing the valve was done through open heart surgery, or for some, a minimally invasive surgery through the ribs.
Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR)
TMVR is a cutting edge alternative to open-heart valve surgery and is often recommended to patients with mitral regurgitation who are considered to be high risk for conventional valve repair or replacement surgery. It is performed through a small puncture in the groin or upper thigh where a catheter is inserted into the femoral vein. The steerable, guided catheter is advanced into the left atrium. The MitraClip(R) device is advanced through the catheter, into the left atrium and to your mitral valve. The clip or clips are attached to the leaflets of the valve, reducing mitral regurgitation.
Although patients will need to remain in the hospital for one to two days following the clip, the actual procedure typically takes between two to three hours to complete. Compared to a lengthy heart surgery and a recovery that spans several months, TMVR offers a much shorter recovery time.
Heart and vascular surgery
Our team of experts diagnoses and treats all types of vascular conditions. Vascular disease can impact the veins and the arteries, which carry oxygen and nutrients to all of the cells in your body.
Accredited Chest Pain Treatment Center
Eastern Idaho Regional is designated as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. To achieve these designation, we consistently meet or exceed stringent national standards and demonstrate a higher level of expertise when caring for patients with heart disease.
We were also awarded a five-star rating from Healthgrades for our coronary intervention excellence in 2016, which put us in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation offering coronary intervention.