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Heart care

Ascension Via Christi St. Francis is Wichita's and southcentral Kansas’ leader in heart care, using the latest medical advances to care for our cardiac patients.

Heart Valve Clinic

The Heart Valve Clinic provides the expertise of a team of structural cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons who care for patients with cardiac valve disease.

The clinic is equipped to work with patients who have cardiac valve disease, especially those with complicating conditions such as advanced age, co-morbidities or prior history. A hybrid operating room, one of only about 125 in the United States, includes cath lab equipment, anesthesia, special lighting, a video and monitoring system, and a CT scan that provides a 3D image of the heart and its vessels. It allows fixed imaging in the sterile environment of the operating room.

If you have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions, you might be a good candidate to be seen by our multispecialty team:

  • Hole in the heart (patent foramen ovale, atrial or ventricular septal defect)
  • Hardening of the aortic valve (aortic valve stenosis)
  • Moderate or severe hardening of the mitral valve (mitral stenosis)
  • Severe leakage of the mitral valve (mitral valve regurgitation)
  • Hardening of the pulmonary valve (pulmonary valve stenosis)
  • Those who are at higher risk for traditional valve replacement surgery

Treatment options include:

  • Traditional open-heart surgery for those healthy enough
  • Minimally invasive surgery options for high-risk patients
  • Balloon valvuloplasty: A catheter with a balloon is used to enlarge the valve opening.
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR): A catheter is used to carry and insert a replacement valve.
  • MitraClip: A steerable catheter carries a clip to repair mitral valve regurgitation.
  • Hybrid procedures: Combines minimally invasive surgery with simultaneous percutaneous procedure

Heart Failure Management Program

Via Christi Heart Failure Disease Management Program is designed to help patients stay out of the hospital and live better, more vigorous lives. Our multidisciplinary team includes advanced registered nurse practitioners, physicians, nurses, a dietitian, a pharmacist, and a social worker. A cardiologist also is available to complement the team.

Services include:

  • Detailed patient evaluation and quality of life assessment
  • Learning needs assessment
  • Dietary assessment and counseling
  • Pharmacist and social worker support
  • Comprehensive patient and family education
  • Phone follow up and close patient monitoring as needed

Electrophysiology Laboratory

The Electrophysiology Laboratory (“EP Lab”), located at Ascension Via Christi Hospital St Francis provides care for people with abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias).

Doctors at Via Christi treat these disorders with cardiac ablation, implantable devices such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), and other treatments. The EP Lab cares for all ages of people with arrhythmias.

Your doctor may evaluate you and determine whether you should be treated in the EP Lab or if other therapies are more appropriate for your condition. He or she may refer you to a cardiologist trained in the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders (electrophysiologist). The electrophysiologist, along with Via Christi’s staff, uses advanced 3D mapping and imaging systems.

Electrophysiology studies are performed in state-of-the-art procedure rooms with advanced analysis and recording equipment.
People with several conditions may be diagnosed and treated in the Electrophysiology Laboratory, including:

  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial flutter
  • Heart failure requiring implanted device-based therapy
  • Bradycardia
  • Syncope (fainting)
  • Supraventricular tachycardia

There are a variety of tests and/or treatments provided for the conditions above. Via Christi is currently the only EP Lab in Wichita offering Cryo Ablation technology in addition to traditional radiofrequency therapy. 

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Via Christi’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program combines education with exercise to create a personal plan to help manage your cardiac health. To help you understand your heart condition, you will learn about cardiac risk factors, exercise, nutrition and proper use of your medication.