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Advanced Cardiovascular Technology

Today, our Bismarck’s heart program continues to bring innovative cardiovascular technology and services to our heart patients. We are dedicated to improving your overall heart health by providing compassionate care and the most advanced cardiovascular technology. The highly specialized technology includes:

CardioMEM
Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck is the first and only facility in central and western North Dakota to offer patients with heart failure CardioMEM technology, which is a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor that is implanted to manage heart failure.  Click here to learn more.

MRI safe ICD device
In 2016, Timothy Pansegrau, MD, Sanford cardiovascular surgeon, was the first physician in central and western North Dakota and eastern Montana to implant a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) safe implantable cardioverter defribrillator (ICD).  

AtriClip device
In 2016, Sean Russell, MD, Sanford cardiovascular surgeon, was the first Sanford physician in the Bismarck region to treat atrial fibrillation using AtriClip technology.

Most Advanced CT Scanners 
Sanford’s heart team has central and western North Dakota’s most advanced CT scanners, which provide incredibly detailed four-dimensional images of complete organs in less time than it takes for your heart to pump one beat. These advanced CT scanners reside in Sanford locations in Bismarck and Dickinson and are the first of their kind in the Midwest and the state. Learn more. 

Silverhawk™ Plaque Excision System
For patients with peripheral arterial disease, Sanford Health in Bismarck offers a non-surgical alternative for treatment of these blockages. The FDA-approved device uses a tiny rotating blade to shave away sections of plaque that have built up on the artery wall. 

Unlike other solutions for plaque buildup—like angioplasty and stenting—the plaque is not just pushed to the sides where it can re-grow and re-block the artery. Instead, the SilverHawk tool collects the plaque and removes it.

Liposorber Treatment 
This advanced treatment is used to lower bad cholesterol. It works by removing the bad cholesterol from the blood, similar to kidney dialysis. 

A needle is inserted into the patient's arm. The blood then flows through the Liposorber system, where the bad cholesterol is removed. The blood, which now contains only good cholesterol, is returned to the patient through a second needle site. The process takes two to three hours.

A patient's LDL cholesterol level can be lowered by 73 percent to 83 percent after a single treatment.

Robotic-assisted Vascular Surgery
This minimally invasive surgery is typically used to remove lung nodules, cancerous or noncancerous. Cardiovascular surgeons Timothy Pansegrau, MD and Sean Russell, MD use a computer console to control surgical instruments that are attached to small, robotic arms. 

This technology allows them to perform surgical procedures through small incisions between the ribs and offers precise removal of the nodules. Compared to traditional surgery, benefits of robotic-assisted lung surgery may include smaller incisions, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery among other benefits.

TAVR Heart Valve Replacement
TAVR is a revolutionary procedure safely treating patients with severe aortic stenosis without open-heart surgery. A minimally invasive surgical procedure, TAVR repairs the damaged aortic valve, one of two main valves on the left side of the heart regulating blood flow by opening and closing, allowing blood to flow throughout the body. Click here to learn more. 

Diagnostic Tests

The Sanford Heart team uses a variety of diagnostic tests to identify heart conditions, including: