St. John Heart Institute Your Heart’s In the Right Place
St. John has been a leader in comprehensive cardiovascular care for decades. We pioneered many cardiovascular treatments in Tulsa, including the first pacemaker implant, first bypass surgery and first angioplasty.
Thomas - Heart InstituteThomas Mason
After open-heart surgery in 1996, Thomas Mason learned he could never undergo another open-heart procedure.
In 2009, after being diagnosed with aortic stenosis, Mason knew afternoons in his workshop would be few and far between. Thankfully, he was referred to Dr. Tom Kalapura,an expert in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a procedure that allows replacement of heart valves without opening the chest. “I had no pain and couldn’t believe how great I felt,”Mason says. After 36 weeks in St. John Cardiac Rehab, he’s back at his workbench, wearing the smile of a man with many more years of tinkering and creating to enjoy.
David - St. John Medical CenterDavid Harrison
After suffering a heart attack in 2008 and receiving care at St. John Medical Center, David, who is hearing and vision impaired, and his wife began exploring cardiac rehab options. St. John's dedicated cardiac rehab team had the perfect answer. Learning that David was a swimmer in his youth, the St. John staff formulated a customized cardiac rehab swimming program through St.John Health Club to meet David's unique needs.
John - Heart Institute John Lee
John Lee first noticed his racing heart in 2005. In 2009, the week of his daughter's wedding, two episodes landed him in the emergency center. Atrial fibrillation, the most common of irregular heartbeats, affects more than 2 million people in the United States. Lee underwent a surgical procedure for his condition in 2010, performed by St. John surgeon Mark Milton, MD; today he is free of arrhythmia medications and blood thinners, and does heavy labor without worry.
Arctic Front Cryoballoon
The Arctic Front Cryoballoon delivers a refrigerant through an inflatable balloon to freeze tissue and disable unwanted electrical signals that cause atrial fibrillation. Combined with a complete program of treatment, this method may improve quality of life and eliminate or reduce the unpleasant symptoms of atrial fibrillation like shortness of breath, fatigue or weakness.
St. John Heart Institute’s cath lab utilizes The Impella® 2.5, which is the world's smallest heart pump. It’s smaller in circumference than a pencil and about 10-12cm in length at the end of a small catheter and can be inserted within minutes with no surgery.