On the Leading Edge of Heart and Vascular Care

The Heart & Vascular Center at Valley View is home to a distinguished group of cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons who diagnose and treat heart and vascular diseases, including many rare and complex disorders. A multidisciplinary expert team is trained to care for many diverse conditions. Valley View offers you the widest range of treatments and the most advanced cardiac technologies on Colorado’s Western Slope. But more than that, you will find people who care about you. Our top priority is you and your heart. We are here to listen, guide and provide personalized heart care – the way it should be.

From diagnosis to treatment and recovery, our world-renowned cardiologists and thoracic surgeons embrace a collaborative approach for optimal outcomes. Dr. Frank Laws, Medical Director of the Heart & Vascular Center, and his heart team are exploring new approaches to better treat patients through the development and refinement of new technologies.

Areas of Expertise

  • Arrhythmias of the heart such as atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia, supraventricular tachycardia, and others can be easily treated in our electrophysiology lab with same day discharge. Our primary focus is the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

  • The Heart and Vascular Center at Valley View specializes in advanced vascular surgeries of your veins and arteries. Vascular disease can be managed through medication, minimally invasive catheter procedures or surgical reconstruction.

    Common vascular procedures performed at the Heart and Vascular Center at Valley View include carotid endarterectomy; peripheral angiography; peripheral angioplasty, stent and atherectomy; abdominal aortic aneurysm repair; and limb preservation. In particular, the Heart & Vascular Center specializes in Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

  • The Heart and Vascular Center at Valley View provides complete surgical care for complex diseases of the heart, chest, lungs and esophagus.

    Common cardiothoracic conditions treated at the Heart and Vascular Center at Valley View include thoracic diseases, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, Chest Wall Disease and more.

    Common lung and chest procedures performed include thoracic surgery, Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS), robotic assisted thoracic surgery, cervical mediastinoscopy, open thoracic surgery, thoracotomy, and more. Furthermore, the Heart and Vascular Center is the only center on the western slope of Colorado to specialize in surgical treatment of MAZE procedure, open lung resections and aneurysms.

  • Let our team of skilled physicians improve your quality of life by providing you with stellar interventions for coronary artery disease.

    The Heart and Vascular Center at Valley View is the only hospital in Colorado to perform robotic PCI, offer 24 hour STEMI care to perform radial PCIs, and offer same day discharge from the hospital.

  • The VATS MAZE procedure and Convergent approach are examples of cardiothoracic hybrid procedures that can be used to treat patients with persistent atrial fibrillation and long standing persistent atrial fibrillation.

  • Our Hybrid Catheterization lab offers patients a combined therapeutic surgical approach to their conditions and offers the most modern technology and the most outstanding skilled physicians there are. Diagnostic heart catheterization, percutaneous coronary intervention, robotic percutaneous coronary intervention, intra-aortic balloon pump, percutaneous left ventricular assist device (Impella) are done here. Pacemaker Implants, Implantable cardiac device implants, Biventricular pacemaker/defibrillator implants, diagnostic electrophysiology studies, Advanced radiofrequency (RF) ablations, Cryoablations, Laser ablations, Epicardial ablations are done here.

    Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery – We offer treatment options via surgery to improve all vascular conditions and provide a better quality of life for all such as aneurysm repair, EVLTs, arterial bypass, vascular diagnostic imaging, and intervention. We also offer surgical treatment for conditions within the thoracic cavity such as lobectomies, lung biopsies, VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery), thoracotomies, and mediastinoscopies.

Our Providers

  • Our providers are world class and choose to live in Glenwood Springs for the same reasons you do.
  • We offer a private, courteous, and professional environment to tend to your cardiovascular needs.
  • We pride ourselves in personalized medicine and value the shared decision-making model, where you are involved in your care just as much as we are.
  • We are conveniently located and easy to get to, which means you get exceptional care close to home.

 

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Advanced Technology

We have the most advanced heart and vascular technology in the hands of the most reputable specialists. These gold-standard technologies give you access to world-class care in the heart of the Rockies.

Siemens® Bi-plane Hybrid Electrophysiology Lab

This technology helps our cardiac team map defects and target damaged tissue with tremendous accuracy. Bi-plane imaging allows our physicians to see the precise anomalies and individualized contours of each heart and every vessel leading into and out of it, resulting in powerful, personalized care for our patients. This is cardiac care on the leading edge of innovation.

Advanced Imaging

3-D Imaging is a standard technology at Valley View and enables our physicians to create detailed blueprints of personalized heart models, with all their idiosyncrasies, to help reduce procedural complications and create greater patient safety and outcomes. Advanced imaging techniques also decrease exposure to contrast dye for our patients and reduce exposure to ionizing radiation for our physicians and lab techs.

Heart Holographic Imaging

The Hybrid Cardiovascular program at Valley View utilizes images obtained from 64 slice CT scans of the heart, to make patient specific data sets. These data sets are then manipulated with proprietary software to create 3D printed models. These data sets are also used to create LED holographic projections that are utilized during actual procedures to assist in the navigation of complex anatomy and workflow.

Corindus® Robotic Percutaneus Coronary Intervention (PCI) technology

Corindus® puts the precision of a robot in the hands of our heart experts so they can manipulate stents, lead wires, and catheters with unprecedented precision. It allows our surgeons to place stents and guide wires with a millimeter-by-millimeter exactitude that supports positive patient outcomes. For patients, this means better outcomes with shorter downtimes and less radiation exposure.

Our Mission

To be the leader for excellence in personalized care and healing.

Our vision To be the destination of choice for all who aspire to heal and be healed.

Our values Respect, accountability, trust, and teamwork guide our mission every day and help us create excellence in a healthy, healing environment. Each of those values is part of our patient-centered approach to care. At Valley View, each staff member, physician, and volunteer has taken the mission of patient-centered care to heart. Decisions are made with the primary consideration of doing what’s right for the patient and their families, creating a collaborative partnership between caregivers and patients.

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