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Heart care and cardiac rehabilitation

Heart and cardiac care at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan allows residents of the Flint Hills to receive quality interventional cardiac services without traveling far from home. 

In addition to routine cardiac testing and monitoring, our cardiologists perform interventional procedures such as angioplasty and stent placements within Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan's state-of-the-art catheterization laboratory. With respected cardiologists and the latest technologies now in place right here in Manhattan, patients in need of cardiology services don't have to travel to other communities. They can receive exceptional treatment and follow-up care close to their homes and loved ones.

A Community Effort

Heart care Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan is the result of years of tireless fundraising and recruitment efforts by our community. Hospital staff, the Mercy Community Health Foundation, the Mercy Auxiliary, and area citizens all did their part, working to simultaneously raise funding and awareness about heart disease.


Our heart care program provides the specialists and modern technology required to detect, diagnose and treat heart disease. We have a state-of-the-art catheterization lab to view and treat coronary artery blockages, and a 64-slice CT scanner that provides access to advanced images of the heart and other organs.

Cardiology services at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan include:

  •  Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
  •  Cardiac event monitoring
  •  Cardiac rehabilitation
  •  Cardiac stress testing
    • Standard Bruce protocols
    • Thallium and dual isotope exams
    • Pharmacologic
  •  Echocardiogram
  •  Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
  •  Full-service catheterization lab testing
    • Diagnostic procedures
    • Stent placements
    • Angioplasty
    • Peripheral capabilities
  •  Holter monitoring
  •  Vascular ultrasound

Ambulatory blood pressure monitor

An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is used by your doctor to evaluate blood pressure for an extended period of time -- often 24 hours. This enables your doctor to see what your blood pressure does over the span of a day rather than in one specific instance.

A blood pressure cuff will be attached to your arm and set to automatically take your blood pressure approximately every half hour or hour. During the monitoring period, please make sure:

  • The cuff is tight.
  • Not to shower or bathe.
  • To keep your arm straight during testing.
  • Not to move your arm during testing.

At the end of the monitoring period, you will return to the hospital to have the monitor removed. The results will be reported to your physician.

Cardiac event monitor

The cardiac event monitor allows your physician to monitor heart-related "events" or symptoms such as heart palpitations or chest pain. Cardiac event monitoring can help diagnose heart rhythm abnormalities that occur sporadically.

The monitor's electrodes will be attached to your chest and will read and record your heart's activity over a specific period of time. Whenever you feel a symptom, you will press the "Record" button and write down the day and time, what symptoms you experience and what you were doing at the time. This way, the physician will be able to analyze the results in relation to your activity and environment.

Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)

An electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) monitors your heart's electrical activity, including the regularity of your heartbeat. This test can help your doctor determine whether you have heart disease or other heart-related issues.

Electrodes will be attached to your arms, legs and chest. While you lie down, the ECG/EKG machine will record your heart's activity.Your physician will be sent the EKG and inform you of the results.

Cardiac stress test

A cardiac stress test is used to evaluate your heart's function at rest and during exercise.

Three blood pressure checks will be performed -- one while you are lying down, one while you are standing and one after you hyperventilate for 15 seconds. EKGs will be performed after each blood pressure check.

As you exercise on a treadmill, the doctor will monitor your EKG, heart rate and blood pressure. It is normal to experience some fatigue. Once you have reached the desired heart rate, the treadmill will be slowed down and you will continue to walk until the belt is stopped. Next, you'll lie on the table and continue blood pressure checks and EKGs to complete the study. Your physician will then discuss the results with you.

After you leave, you may resume your regular activities. If you have any problems during the day -- such as chest pain, leg pain or shortness of breath -- call your doctor immediately.


  • Do not eat or drink anything for 4 hours before the test.
  • Your physician will go over which medications, if any, you need to stop taking prior to your study. Do not stop taking medications unless directed by your physician.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Holter monitor

A holter monitor is a machine that continuously evaluates the rhythms of your heart -- usually over a 24-hour period -- as you live your normal daily life.

The holter monitor, which is kept in a pouch around your neck, is attached to your chest using electrodes. For this reason, you are not allowed to shower or bathe during the monitoring period. As you wear the monitor, you will keep a diary of your activiites and any symptoms that occur. When you have completed the monitoring period, you will need to return the monitor to the hospital. The results will be reported to your physician.

Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan is an individualized outpatient program designed to help people who have had a heart attack, heart surgery or CHF improve their quality of life — and reduce the risk of another event.

Heart disease often causes intense feelings, prompting worries about your job, your family and your future. With the help of rehabilitation, you can resume your life knowing that you are working to control your risk and become healthier and stronger.

How does it work?

Cardiac rehabilitation helps you set heart-health goals by teaching you about risk factors and how to control them through education, exercise and support.

You will learn ways to reduce your risk of recurrent heart problems, including:

  • Heart-healthy eating
  • Daily exercise
  • Stress management
  • Blood pressure control
  • Quitting smoking
  • Medication use
  • Weight-control strategies
  • With the help of our staff, you'll learn how to make a lifelong commitment to healthy choices.


How soon do I start?

This decision is determined by your primary care physician and the program's medical director. Your start date depends on which procedure you've undergone, and your physical status.

How long will the program last?

Your cardiac rehabilitation program will last until you have met your personal goals and established a long-term exercise plan. In general, this intense rehabilitation process may last anywhere from one to three months.

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