Why Choose Us
- Advanced technology
- Collaborative team of specialists ready for you when you need them the most
- Full scope of cardiac care close to home
Advancing Local Heart Care
TAVR is a proven, minimally-invasive surgical option for patients who’ve been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis to replace their diseased aortic heart valve. Unlike traditional open chest surgeries to replace a heart valve, TAVR requires only a three to four inch incision in the leg or chest wall. This procedure enables the placement of a balloon-expandable heart valve into the body with a tube-based delivery system (catheter).
Most patients will leave the hospital within a few days and can resume all normal activities shortly after.
TAVR is suitable for patients with severe aortic stenosis. It is particularly effective for patients who are considered either high-risk or too sick for open heart surgery. As a minimally invasive procedure, TAVR has a few distinct advantages over traditional, open heart valve surgery, including:
TAVR is a good option for patients who are not eligible for traditional, open heart surgery for any reason. TAVR offers patients with higher risks an option to restore their quality of life that they did not have before.
- Less time in the hospital. Most patients will leave the hospital within a few days and can resume all normal activities shortly after.
- Shorter recovery times. Patients generally experience a quicker return to full activity with much less postoperative discomfort.
The first TAVR procedure was done at St. Agnes Hospital on July 8, 2019.
The Dale Michels Center for Heart Care at Agnesian HealthCare is now offering one of the latest procedures to help patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) management. The FDA-approved WATCHMAN procedure is designed to help a specific group of AFib patients who are poor long-term candidates for oral anticoagulation by implanting a stent-like device into the left atrial appendage via a catheter-based approach. The WATCHMAN procedure reduced the risk of stroke and can offer the benefit of eliminating anticoagulation medications. The first WATCHMAN procedure was done at St. Agnes Hospital on June 3, 2019
Ask your cardiologist if you are a candidate for WATCHMAN.
Now Providing Minimally-Invasive Heart Rhythm Treatment.
Newest addition to the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care: the ‘Hybrid Lab’
- Specialized environment as part of a fully-functioning operating room.
- Fluoroscopy, plus ultrasound and 3D mapping - all at one time - to guide surgery in real time with extreme proficiency.
- State-of-the-art X-ray equipment to ensure lowest possible radiation dose delivery for patient and staff safety.
- Monitoring station for team members’ viewing allowing constant presence with patient.
- Minimally-invasive procedures for irregular heart rhythms, like A fib.
- Quick response time with in-room anesthesia equipment.
- Ultimate design for patient safety
Comprehensive heart care services, offered through our Dale Michels Center for Heart Care, bring a diverse and complete package of cardiac procedures to our region, close to home.
We Are Ready
During your time of emergency, our skilled and caring heart team is ready to care for you with the most advanced technology available. Our emergency departments serve as your first line of defense with advanced equipment and instruments to monitor cardiac conditions and vital signs.
Along with monitoring devices to measure heart and pulmonary functions, and head and artery pressure levels, the intensive care units at St. Agnes Hospital, Ripon Medical Center and Waupun Memorial Hospital offer a caring and proficient staff ACLS-certified and CPR-trained. Our board-certified intensivists are available 24 hours a day at St. Agnes Hospital to closely follow a patient's care after open-heart surgery.
Additional services and resources:
- Cardiac catheterization/vascular laboratory
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Full scope of rehabilitation services offered in Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun to help heart patients make the complete transition to a health lifestyle. Education is offered to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes.
- Pulmonology rehabilitation
- Electrocardiographic services
- Cardiac stress testing
- Electrocardiograms (ECGs)
- Holter monitoring and event recorders
- Medical imaging and diagnostic procedures
- Providing highly accurate views of a patient's heart and arterial system through nuclear medicine or ultrasound procedures.
- Open-heart surgery
- On-site surgical specialization offered for patients who have blockage in order to regain blood flow to the heart.
- Pacemaker Clinic
- Located at St. Agnes Hospital, our clinic allows patients to check vital pacemaker functions. With just one phone call, heart rhythms are transmitted directly to the Pacemaker Clinic for analysis. Any abnormality in rhythm is followed up by a member of our expertly skilled staff.
- Stent placements
We Value Preventive Medicine
Today, more and more people realize the value of healthy living. Paying attention to your body now can mean fewer medical problems down the road. We offer educational programs through our Health Resource Center, including heart-healthy living and heart care. We also extend our educational resources to special health fairs and other events designed to help prevent illness and injury.