Montana Heart Center
Community Medical Center’s cardiology program provides cutting edge care to heart patients throughout Western Montana and Idaho. The medical professionals at the Montana Heart Center can immediately evaluate and treat anyone with cardiovascular symptoms, using the latest treatments and technologies – in some cases the most advanced available in Montana. For example, several innovative, minimally invasive treatments for peripheral artery disease were employed here for the first time in the state.
Our expert staff performs a broad range of additional services, including cardiac rehabilitation, comprehensive follow-up care after cardiac device implantation, screening for cardiac problems and abnormalities, and emergency transport to a regional medical center, if necessary.
Our patients also benefit from:
- A care team that follows patients throughout the course of their treatment, to give consistent care and peace of mind.
- An efficient facility where each patient gets individual attention and the highest level of care.
- Same-day or same-week appointments for diagnostic procedures
- Both diagnostic and treatment facilities in the same location, so you rarely have to leave the center for care.
- Comfortable private rooms with plenty of space for family and friends.
Your Care Team
While excellent technology is the backbone of cardiac treatment, its heart is the people who care for patients. At the Montana Heart Center, that includes the physicians, nurses, therapists, technologist and others who are dedicated to treating each patient and their family with personal attention and compassion.
Your care team starts with you—you and your family always take part in decisions about your treatment plan. Your team may also include:
Robert Minor, MD.
Sheryl Alexander, DC PA-C.
Sheryl joined Community Medical Center as a physician assistant in September of 2014. She is passionate about helping people with heart conditions, and works hard to give each patient the best possible care. Her practice includes overseeing stress tests and assisting with patients undergoing interventional cardiac procedures, such as angiography, at the Montana Heart Center. She also sees patients for follow-up office visits, and does consultations and rounds with patients in ICU. Sheryl’s background of 23 years as a chiropractor contributes to her excellent rapport with patients, and she is committed to following each one personally through their course of treatment.
“I consider it a privilege that people let us take care of their hearts.” Sheryl Alexander
Cindy Allen, RN.
Cindy is Coordinator of the Cardiac Device Clinic at Community Medical Center. With more than 25 years helping heart patients, and 15 of them at Community, Cindy is highly skilled at working with people who have pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). She loves caring for people of all ages, and develops lasting relationships with her patients as they return over the years.
“I see a person with a device, not a device in a person.” Cindy Allen
Julie Bauer, MS.
Julie is a master’s degree-level exercise physiologist who has been helping patients in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Community Medical Center for nearly 30 years. She is expert at teaching patients about heart-healthy lifestyle changes and motivating them to get the most from their cardiac rehabilitation. Julie gets to know her patients well and customizes the program to fit each one’s individual needs.
“The bottom line is to help people reach their goals and enjoy life.” Julie Bauer
The first step in starting the right treatment for a cardiovascular condition is reaching the correct diagnosis. At the Montana Heart Center, our cardiologists use a full range of sophisticated tests to diagnose your condition and start you on the appropriate therapies.
Learn more on our Cardiology Diagnostic Services page.
Many heart conditions can be treated with minimally-invasive procedures that relieve symptoms and minimize the risk for serious events such as a heart attack or stroke. At the Montana Heart Center, Dr. Robert Minor and his staff use the latest equipment and technologies to help patients with conditions such as coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, aneurysms, and more. In many cases, interventional cardiology procedures help patients avoid the need for surgery.
Learn more on our Interventional Cardiology page.
For people with conditions that involve their heart’s rhythm and electrical system, Dr. Patricia Kelly and her staff employ a number of technologies to diagnose and treat the problem. Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) help people be more active, and in some cases they prevent a life-threatening arrhythmia. Learn more on our Cardiac Electrophysiology page.
Cardiac Device Clinic
People who have heart rhythm problems, known as arrhythmias, are often treated with an implanted device to regulate their heartbeat. At the Montana Heart Center, we keep in touch with our patients after their device implantation to answer questions and see how they are doing. Patients also return at least once a year to have our experts check their device and ensure it is working properly. Learn more on our Cardiac Device Clinic page.
If you’ve had a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart disease, cardiac rehabilitation can improve your health and help you gain a better outlook on life. Learn more on our Cardiac Rehabilitation page.
Heart and Vascular Screening
Location: Montana Heart Center
What is your score? When it comes to heart disease, knowing your risk assessment score can be a life saver. It can tell you how likely you are to develop this disease, and empower you to lower your risk factors. Learn more about Heart and Vascular Screening.
People with heart attack symptoms need immediate care to have the best recovery possible. In the case of a kind of heart attack called STEMI, getting the right care quickly can be a matter of life and death. Mission Lifeline is a program that provides training and equipment to help ensure STEMI patients get treatment as soon as possible. Learn more about Mission Lifeline. Learn more about Mission Lifeline.
At the Montana Heart Center, experienced cardiologists and other medical professionals can immediately evaluate and treat anyone with cardiac symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath or palpitations. We provide a breadth of diagnostic tests such as echocardiography (echo), transesophageal echo (TEE), treadmill stress testing, stress echo, nuclear cardiology, Dobutamine stress echocardiography and cardiac catheterization.
We quickly evaluate and treat irregular heartbeat conditions in our Cardiac Device Clinic. And our interventional cardiologist treats a variety of conditions with both conventional and innovative techniques. For example, the Montana Heart Center was the first in the state to use an advanced technology called orbital atherectomy to open clogged arteries.
For more information about Now Cardiology, call 406-327-4646.
A breadth of services
In summary, The Montana Heart Center can immediately evaluate and treat anyone with cardiac symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations, or shortness of breath. We also provide a breadth of heart care services:
- Cardiac Screening—Learn your score with heart and vascular screening
- Diagnostic—including echocardiography (Echo), transesophageal echo (TEE), treadmill stress testing, stress echo, Dobutamine stress echo, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac catheterization
- Interventional—including angioplasty, stents, and peripheral vascular procedures
- Cardiac Device Clinic—evaluation and treatment of irregular heartbeat; including pacemaker implantation and follow-up, pacer generator change, pacer lead revision, cardioversion, mapping and catheter ablation, Holter monitoring, and event monitoring
- Cardiac rehabilitation—offering individual fitness plans, convenient scheduling, and a team approach of exercise physiology, nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and psychology
- Emergency transport—available for regional patient transfer if needed
Should you have questions about the services we offer through The Montana Heart Center at Community Medical Center, please do not hesitate to call (406) 327-4646. For more information about our outreach clinics in Western Montana and Idaho, please call (406) 327-4646.
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