Cardiology

Absorb Dissolving Heart Stent: Opens, Heals, Disappears

Approximately 90 days after the world’s first fully dissolving heart stent for treating coronary artery disease received FDA approval, Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita, already a leader in advanced cardiac care, now offers this technology.


Via Christi Structural Heart Program Continues to Grow, Excel

On May 3, 97-year-old Myrtle Humble underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis. The procedure has brought renewed hope for patients whose hearts are failing because of severe aortic stenosis.


A Heart for Kansas’ Kids; Wichita Native Tuan Nguyen, MD, Joins Kansas Kids Heart Center

Kansas Kids Heart Center’s (KKHC’s) commitment to compassionate, state-of-the-art care for children and young adults has built up the Wichita practice’s client base and reputation since Mohamad Al-Ahdab, MD, FAAP, CCDS, founded the practice in 2010.


Full Diagnostics for Sufferers of Syncope

Any unexplained episode of losing consciousness should be evaluated by a specialist. Shilpa Kshatriya, MD, FACC, says the cause of such an episode could be syncope, the temporary loss of consciousness followed by almost immediate recovery.


New Outpatient Heart & Surgery Center EPIC an Advance in Community-based Health Care

Greater comfort, increased accessibility and innovative technologies are the drivers behind EPIC heart & Surgery Center, Wichita’s first and only freestanding outpatient heart & surgery center, which opened Oct. 1.


Uncovering Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) of the lower limbs “is characterized by symptoms or signs produced by venous hypertension as a result of structural or functional abnormalities of veins.”1


100th TAVR: Via Christi Structural Heart Program Reaches Major Milestone

On Sept. 9, the 100th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure was performed in Via Christi Hospital St. Francis’ hybrid operating room.


Heartland Cardiology Welcomes New Interventional Cardiologist

Heartland Cardiology, a leader in innovative and compassionate heart care, has expanded its group, adding interventional cardiologist Mazen Shaheen, MD.


Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction

Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), formerly known as diastolic heart failure, accounts for more than 50 percent of heart failure.1 Patients with HFpEF are older, often female and more obese than those with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). They are also less likely to have coronary heart disease and more likely to have hypertension and atrial fibrillation.2


Kansas Kids Heart Center Welcomes Melissa Lefebvre, DO

Kansas Kids Heart Center (KKHC) offers a full complement of diagnostic and treatment modalities to provide continuous care for patients of all ages — from before birth through adulthood — who have congenital heart problems.