Great River Cardiology provides a full range of services to diagnose and treat conditions of the heart and blood vessels with noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures. We are dedicated to caring for our patient's cardiac and vascular needs using the latest technological advances available at Great River Health Systems.

Our clinic is based on an urgent care concept: same-day appointments and same-day testing, if needed, are available.

If you are a cardiology patient, the goal of your treatment is to improve your life. If you are like many patients with heart or vascular problems, you may be limited by shortness of breath or suffer from chest pains or other symptoms. Cardiology uses a variety of treatments to improve your symptoms and make it possible for you to enjoy a greater range of activities.

Heart Health Assessment

Click HERE to take our Heart Health Assessment
  • Compare your actual age to your heart's biological age.
  • Estimate your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
  • Prioritize your most harmful cardiovascular risk factors.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Call 911 if you have one or more of these signs:
  • Chest discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort or pain in other areas of the upper body, including one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or mouth.
  • Shortness of breath, which often comes with or before chest discomfort.
  • Other signs: Breaking out in a cold sweat, anxiety, nausea or lightheadedness

Conditions treated

Cardiologists are physicians who diagnose and treat conditions of the heart and blood vessels. Conditions include: 
  • Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart valve defects
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Peripheral artery disease

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Physicians

     
 Abdullah Alwahdani, M.D.  Anthony Lazar, M.D.  Walid Saad, M.D.
     
 Richard To, M.D.  Mark Woodard, D.O.

 

Tests and treatments

Angiogram - An X-ray test that uses a special dye and camera  to take pictures of the blood flow in an artery or a vein.

Angioplasty - The goal of angioplasty is to open blood vessels and increase blood flow to the heart. It is done when arteries are narrowed or blocked from coronary artery disease. Angioplasty can be done with or without a small, wire-mesh tube called a stent.  

Cardiac catheterization - A imaging procedure that tests for heart disease by allowing a cardiologist to "see" how well your heart is functioning

Echocardiogram - High frequency sound waves produce images that show cardiologists how well blood is moving through the heart.  

Holter and cardiac event monitoring - Small, portable, noninvasive devices record heart activity as a patient goes about regular activities.

Leg pressure testing (ABI) - Using blood-pressure cuffs on both ankles and both arms, this painless examination determines how well blood is flowing to all four extremities.  

Preoperative cardiac clearance - Cardiac clearance includes a variety of testing as a basic means of evaluating suitability for - and the risk of - heart and vascular procedures.

Stenting - A minimally invasive procedure using catheter technology - inserting the device attached to a catheter in a large artery - and advancing it to the site of the damage. To keep a narrowed artery open permanently, the interventional cardiologist inserts a collapsed wire-mesh tube called a stent into place, and expands it into the artery wall by inflating a ballon.  

Stress testing - To test how well the heart handles added work, patients walk on a treadmill while a monitor tracks blood flow through the heart's arteries.

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To make an appointment

A physician referral is not required. You also may call this number for after-hours questions or to cancel or reschedule an appointment. If you are in distress and call after office hours, an operator will answer and a cardiologist will call you back.