Interventional Cardiology

Interventional Cardiology
Lutheran Hospital celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2004. The hospital has a proud tradition of heart care that includes numerous city, state, national and even international “firsts.” Even before establishing the region’s first Coronary Care Unit in 1967, Lutheran Hospital was keenly aware of the special needs of heart patients and their families. Through periods of exciting change, the Lutheran Heart Center has continued to build relationships with local physicians and medical professionals who share a passion for providing patients the knowledge, skill and technology needed to remain on the cutting edge of heart care.

The new Lutheran Heart Pavilion is making life easier for Lutheran heart patients.
Now when patients come to Lutheran Hospital for EKG’s, cardiac catheterizations or even complex heart surgery, they will find an entire hospital within a hospital devoted just to heart care.

Lutheran is home to the region’s only heart transplant program and the region’s only accredited Chest Pain Center. The Lutheran Heart Center began another exciting chapter in December of 2004, with the grand opening of the 19,000-square-foot Lutheran Heart Pavilion.
Interventional cardiology at Lutheran Hospital means a commitment to treating cardiac emergencies quickly. Standing behind this pledge are highly skilled, dedicated medical professionals who take this responsibility seriously. Lutheran Hospital houses the region’s only accredited Chest Pain Center, and it is designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to heart patients.

“Over the last four years Lutheran Hospital has developed protocols to expedite the process of getting patients with chest pain evaluated quickly and activating our system for catheterization laboratory treatment for those with heart attacks,” said Dr. Steven Orlow, Medical Director of the Lutheran Heart Center Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

“This experience served us well during our recent survey for accreditation as a Chest Pain Center. Now we are taking this knowledge and experience to the next step ... the next era.”

A celebration of “firsts”
The Lutheran Heart Center performs hundreds of different types of heart procedures annually and is the region’s only heart transplant facility. Other regional “heart firsts” include:
Coronary care unit 1967
Coronary artery bypass 1970
Coronary angiogram 1970
Complete heart catheterization 1977
Dedicated inpatient cath lab 1979
Regional heart clinic 1979
Coronary angioplasty 1981
Heart transplant 1985
Artificial heart 1987
Heart-lung transplant 1989
Heart transplant in a patient older than 70 (a world first) 1990
Transplant of heart from a donor older than 55 (a world first) 1990
Dedicated outpatient cath lab 1991
Coronary flex stent 1993
Patient returns home with ventricular assist device or "partial artificial heart" (state first) 1999
Medicare approval to implant left ventricular assist device for permanent use (state first) 2003
“Heart care is so much a part of who we are as a hospital. From the region’s first coronary artery bypass in 1970 to our world recognition in the field of heart transplantation, Lutheran has a historical commitment to providing unsurpassed heart care. ”

— Tom Miller, CEO, Lutheran Hospital

Welcome to the Lutheran Heart Pavilion
Procedures as simple as an EKG to as complex as a heart transplant are performed in one state-of-the-art location. More than 300 new parking spaces between I-69 and the Heart Pavilion bring patients and families within yards of an entrance dedicated specifically for the new facility. Four new operating rooms (ORs) devoted to cardiovascular surgery and 22 private preoperative and postoperative rooms, each with individual heart monitoring systems, help enhance the quality of care. A total of five cardiac catheterization labs are also part of the centralized integration of services.

The Lutheran Heart Center has a long and storied history of innovative heart care. This tradition continues to evolve in new and exciting ways. Drug-eluting coronary stents, pioneering artificial heart placement and fast, efficient care in the emergency room are just a few examples of how Lutheran Hospital strives for excellence.

With tools like the cardiac MRI, Lutheran continues a commitment to diagnosing problems earlier, when there may be greater opportunity for effective treatment. This is just one example of why Lutheran Hospital was named the No. 1 hospital in Indiana for cardiac care by HealthGrades™ in 2005.

Independent National Study Recognizes Lutheran as Number One in Indiana for Overall Cardiac Services
Results from an independent national study recently rated Lutheran Hospital number one in Indiana for overall cardiac services. As part of its seventh annual Hospital Quality in America Study, HealthGrades™ analyzed nearly 5,000 hospitals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, objectively assessing clinical outcomes and quality at each facility.

“We’re very pleased and proud to be recognized with this outstanding HealthGrades™ quality rating, which validates our commitment to clinical excellence,” said Tom Miller, chief executive officer for Lutheran Hospital. “Top ratings from an independent, objective national source demonstrate the quality care that our physicians, nurses and staff deliver to the patients and families in our community every day.” For more information, visit

CardioRisk is as simple as laying down (fully clothed) on a scanner bed and passing through a doughnut-shaped device. As you pass through, a fast CT scanner produces images of your coronary arteries and/or lungs.

Armed with your scan results, your physician can make a diagnosis and prescribe the most appropriate course of treatment if a potential problem is found.

No referral is needed to schedule a CardioRisk exam. Many insurance companies cover CardioRisk; check with your plan administrator for details. We can help you file with your insurance company, but payment is expected at the time of service.

Of course there is no sure way to predict a heart attack, but early detection and treatment of coronary artery disease is shown to drastically reduce the chances of a major cardiac event. Call 260-435-7377 to schedule an appointment or learn more.