A regional leader
Our medical team includes 20 cardiologists, 3 electrophysiologists and four cardiovascular surgeons, all with multiple certifications in various heart-related specialties supported by over 300 clinic specialists. Together, we offer a wide range of clinical support for our patients including nutrition, psychological counseling, research and rehabilitation programs.
Our vision is paramount in everything we do — to provide world-class cardiac care for our patients so that they can return to a normal life. Our staff members and experienced doctors, combined with our 35-year history, are why we are considered the region’s leader in all medical matters of the heart.
As the third-largest heart surgery program in the state, we perform twice as many cardiac surgeries as any hospital in northern Colorado and lead the region in completed pacemaker implantations, cardiac interventions and valve replacements (Source: Colorado Hospital Association).
From our clinics, hospitals and rehabilitation programs to our education and cutting- edge research, we serve patients with one important goal in mind – to keep hearts healthy.
Beating national standards
When you have a heart attack, every second counts. The faster you can receive care, the less damage there is to your heart muscle.
Through the cardiac alert program at Medical Center of the Rockies, patients having a heart attack get the swift treatment they need.
Our response times (measured in “door to balloon” times) are nearly twice as fast as the national standard. Door to balloon refers to the time it takes to get you through the hospital doors to a life-saving balloon catheter procedure to clear blockage.
Sports cardiology clinic
The Sports Cardiology Clinic, under the direction of sports cardiologist Dr. C. Patrick Green, helps athletes stay active and participating in sports while ensuring their continued safety. The clinic sports cardiologists conduct:
Screening for asymptomatic competitive athletes, including young competitive athletes (ages 18 – 35) for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and athletes ages 36-plus for coronary artery disease.
Evaluation of athletes with symptoms of possible cardiovascular disease, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations, dizziness or fainting during exercise. Evaluations are tailored to the athlete’s specific situation and may include:
- A thorough review of the patient’s medical history and symptoms
- Review of athletic history and goals
- Complete cardiovascular physical exam
- Exercise treadmill testing, cardiovascular imaging (echocardiography, cardiovascular CT)
- Lab testing
- Recommendation regarding athletic competition, levels of exertion during exercise, etc.
Consultation for athletes with known cardiovascular disease on exercise, including levels of
exertion during exercise and athletic competition.
We accept patients 18 years and older. Sports cardiology patients may play sports at any level, from recreational to high-level athletic competition.
When to consider evaluation in the Sports Cardiology Clinic:
- Family history of sudden death at a young age (< 45 yrs old)
- Symptoms of shortness of breath and/or chest discomfort during exertion
- Symptoms of palpitations, dizziness or passing out, especially during or immediately after exertion
- Evaluation of an unexplained decline in athletic performance
- Before beginning an exercise program (for previously sedentary individuals)
- Clearance to exercise in patients with known heart disease or prior cardiovascular surgery
- Assessment of long-term cardiovascular risk factors