UCHealth Heart and Vascular Center - Medical Center of the Rockies

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Jennifer Mommer, FNP-BC
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Cardiology

Shanna Keele, FNP-BC
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Cardiology

Justin A Strote, MD, FACC
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Interventional Cardiology

C. Patrick Green, MD
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Zaki A Refaat, MD, FACC
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Cardiovascular Disease

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Renowned and trusted heart and vascular care, close to home

From the common to the complex, we believe no two people’s conditions are exactly alike. That’s why our team of cardiovascular experts works to treat your unique situation and needs.

We have been serving the community for over 40 years since forming in Fort Collins and expanding to become the premier provider of heart and vascular care in Northern Colorado, Wyoming and Western Nebraska.

Our team of over 50 cardiology, electrophysiology and cardiovascular surgery providers work together to provide quality, compassionate and accessible cardiovascular care to help with your specific heart and vascular needs. Through innovative care, medication and lifestyle guidance, we aim to treat you as a person—not just a condition.

Our specialties

Cardiac surgery

Our cardiothoracic specialists deliver world-class care to patients who need highly skilled, cutting-edge surgical treatment. Expert surgeons team with well-trained cardiac professionals to care for you before, during and after surgery.

From minimally invasive to open-heart and catheter procedures, our team has performed more than 15,000 heart surgeries. Our team has performed twice as many heart surgeries as any hospital in northern Colorado, and we’re happy to bring our vast experience in surgical treatment to you.

UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies was one of the first hospitals in the nation to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and remains one of the few TAVR training sites in the country, having performed more than 600 TAVR procedures to date.

Chronic total occlusion program

When a person’s coronary artery becomes completely blocked, it is called a chronic total occlusion. The Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) Program at Medical Center of the Rockies leads the region with its minimally invasive approach to treating CTOs.

Electrophysiology

Our cardiac electrophysiology program is the largest of its type in the region. We have two state-of-the-art electrophysiology ablation labs, a dedicated device/procedure lab, and six board-certified cardiac electrophysiologists on staff, so you can be assured that the treatment of your abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) is in the best possible hands.

We specialize in treating:

  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • Atrial flutter (AFL)
  • Bradycardia, heart block and sick-sinus syndrome
  • Cardiac arrest due to arrhythmia
  • Inherited arrhythmia syndromes
  • Premature ventricular complexes (PVCs)
  • Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)
  • Ventricular fibrillation
  • Ventricular tachycardia (VT)
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome

Treatment options range from medication to atrial and ventricular ablation to pacemaker and defibrillator implantation (ICD) and the WATCHMAN™ device.

Device clinic

Our device clinic follows over 4,000 patients with pacemakers, ICDs and loop recorders. Specialty trained nurses travel to outreach locations across three states to serve remote locations. We were one of the first in the nation to adopt remote monitoring, which has become our standard of care. Patients are given a remote monitor and cell adapter at implant at no cost to them.

Our nurses follow five different device manufacturers. They are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays to answer patient phone calls and My Health Connection questions.

Heart failure

Specialized care for advanced heart failure

Our specialized care team of board-certified cardiologists, nurse practitioners and nurse navigators is passionate about caring for patients who experience any type of heart failure.

So that our patients get well-rounded evaluation and advice, we routinely collaborate with other specialists, including electrophysiologists who can recommend device implants, as well as other specialty clinics such as those focused on structural heart procedures. We also consult with the Advanced Heart Failure team at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital when we have patients who might need an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) or a heart transplant.

Our patients have access to the treatments and information they need, from IV diuretics at the infusion clinic, to education about a heart-healthy lifestyle that includes a low-sodium diet and symptom management. We follow best practices for all types of heart failure, including getting patients on guideline-directed medical therapy and medical management of their heart failure.

Candidates for the Heart Failure Clinic

At both the Harmony Campus and Medical Center of the Rockies, the Heart Failure Clinic team sees patients who are having difficulty retaining fluids because of their heart failure, patients who were recently hospitalized for heart failure, and patients who have been newly diagnosed with heart failure.

Heart failure patients also include those who have had two or more ER visits because of heart issues within a year, people who can’t tolerate ACE inhibitors (medications that slow a particular enzyme to reduce blood pressure), people who experience difficulty breathing or fatigue while performing simple tasks like dressing or while walking a block on level ground, and those who experience progressive worsening of kidney function.

Additional heart failure indicators include:

  • Intolerance to beta blockers (medications used to manage abnormal heart rhythms and to prevent second or third heart attacks)
  • Additional abnormal test results regarding diuretics or serum sodium
Lipid clinic

Preventing heart disease

We help patients manage their lipids, which are fat-like substances in the bloodstream, to help prevent issues with their hearts and vascular systems.

Although there are several types of lipids, the most common is cholesterol. If a patient has high cholesterol, we will work with them to change their diet and make exercise and lifestyle modifications.

In addition, we might prescribe medications to help decrease LDL, also known as “bad” cholesterol, and triglycerides, a type of fat found in the blood, and increase HDL, also known as “good” cholesterol. The medications might be single agents or prescribed in a combination.

Sports cardiology

Our sports cardiology clinic helps athletes stay active and participating in sports while ensuring their continued safety.

Our clinic sports cardiologists conduct:

Screening. 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. 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
  • Consultation for athletes with known cardiovascular disease on exercise, including levels of exertion during exercise and athletic competition
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Exercise treadmill testing, cardiovascular imaging (echocardiography, cardiovascular CT)
  • Lab testing
  • Recommendation regarding athletic competition, levels of exertion during exercise, etc.

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:

  • An unexplained decline in athletic performance
  • Before beginning an exercise program (for previously sedentary individuals)
  • Family history of sudden death at a young age (< 45 yrs old)
  • Symptoms of palpitations, dizziness or passing out, especially during or immediately after exertion
  • Symptoms of shortness of breath and/or chest discomfort during exertion
  • To assess long-term cardiovascular risk factors
  • To obtain clearance to exercise in patients with known heart disease or prior cardiovascular surgery
Structural Heart and Valve Clinic

At the forefront of heart care treatments

At the UCHealth Structural Heart & Valve Clinic at Medical Center of the Rockies, we offer a multidisciplinary and multispecialty approach to caring for your heart.

Our team—including cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and valve disease experts—stays at the forefront of heart-care technologies, to bring you the latest advancements.

Vascular care

Treating each patient with the highest level of care

Our vascular and aneurysm clinic is staffed by an experienced team of cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, interventional vascular cardiologists, interventional vascular radiologists and a registered nurse who is the vascular clinic coordinator. We offer more than 300 years of combined physician experience and the highest level of vascular care in the region.

Employing evidence-based practice—an interdisciplinary approach that integrates clinical expertise, research evidence and the patient’s values into each care plan—we often ensure that patients are evaluated by more than one specialist so that they receive the most comprehensive diagnosis and care possible. In fact, we will frequently consult with specialists from rheumatology, nephrology, hematology and wound care to ensure that we fully meet the needs of each individual patient.

In addition, we advocate minimally invasive techniques to reduce trauma to the patient and help speed recovery and wellness.

Experts in treating diverse conditions

We perform more than 1,000 vascular procedures per year, treating conditions such as thoracic and abdominal aneurysms, carotid disease, venous thrombosis, Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, renal artery disease, vascular complications, connective tissue damage and more.

Our multidisciplinary team is skilled in numerous techniques and therapies, used in collaboration with other care platforms, to ensure the most well-rounded solution for each patient. These therapies include:

  • Aortic endografts to treat aortic aneurysms
  • Complex reconstruction of the aortic arch
  • Open repair and/or reconstruction of all major vessels
  • Stenting and angioplasty
  • Vena cava filters and complex filter removal

Diagnostic services and procedures

We offer diagnostic testing to best suit the needs of our heart and vascular patients with state-of-the-art equipment. Some of these include:

  • Angioplasty
  • Cardiac and nuclear stress testing
  • Cardiac catheterization and peripheral angiography
  • Coronary and intravascular stenting
  • EKGs
  • Imaging, including:
    • Echocardiogram
    • Interventional radiology
    • MRI
    • Nuclear
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
  • Peripheral interventions, including carotid artery stenting
  • Preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation

Scheduling

Please call our office to schedule your appointment.

At your scheduled appointment, please provide the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance card
  • Referral (if needed)

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow enough time to complete your check-in process.

We require 24-hour advance notice if you cannot make it to your scheduled appointment. If you have young children who will be accompanying you to your appointment, please try to bring another adult with you to sit with the children during your visit.

Questions? Give us a call!

Insurance

Our office participates with many different insurance companies. Because insurance plans, policies and laws often change, please contact your insurance company to see if we are a contracted provider.

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Please notify us if you have an insurance plan change, coverage change or insurance loss so we can properly bill your claims in a timely manner.

Billing

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Awards and recognition

The American Heart Association has recognized UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies for its continued success in using the Get With the Guidelines – Heart Failure program and applying the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes.

Heart and vascular health information

UCHealth offers an extensive heart and vascular care library, including information on tests and procedures, conditions and diseases.

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