When the Seconds Truly Count
When the Seconds Truly Count Our cardiovascular imaging department is always ready to jump into action for patients who are experiencing signs of an emergent cardiovascular issue. At Idaho Falls Community Hospital, you are in good hands. Our physicians, nurses and staff are highly skilled and have specialized cardiology and vascular training.
Cardiovascular imaging allows doctors to quickly and effectively see inside your heart, lungs or vessels in the body, determine what is wrong, and figure out a treatment plan efficiently.
- Heart Attack
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Leg Ischemia
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Deep venous thrombosis
Cardiac & Vascular Services
Idaho Falls Community Hospital uses noninvasive and minimally invasive techniques to provide you and your doctor with as much information as possible in order to properly diagnose heart and vascular diseases. We also do outpatient testing in order to catch early warning signs.
- Cardiac Nuclear Medicine
- Transthoracic Echocardiogram
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram
- Dedicated Cardiac Catheterization Rooms
- State of the Art Hybrid Vascular
- Vascular Ultrasound Testing
Snake River Vascular Surgery
The goal of Snake River Vascular Surgery is to improve access and quality outcomes through better coordination of patient care and to improve convenience and satisfaction for both patients and referring physicians.
Board Certified Vascular Surgeon
Dr. Warren Albrecht
Dr. Warren Albrecht, DO, FACOS, RPVI, comes from North Dakota with 18 years experience in general, trauma and vascular surgery now specializing in vascular surgery and wound care.
Vascular Issues treated at Idaho Falls Community Hospital:
- Peripheral artery disease
- Stroke prevention/ Carotid artery disease
- Varicose veins
- Deep Venous Thrombosis
- Causes of chronic non-healing leg wounds
- Dialysis access/ fistula creation
Frequently Asked Vascular Questions
- Testing is painless and easy, no fasting or test prep is required.
- Arteries carry oxygen and nutrients to the legs. Poor arterial flow can cause pain (at rest and with movement), inflammation, and nonhealing wounds.
- Narrowing of your carotid arteries is the #1 cause of stroke. Narrowing can be identified through a simple ultrasound.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a silent killer. These can only be identified through screening; most are found by chance on another test or at the time of a rupture.
- Varicose veins are a common, visible symptom of venous disease, which can progress to aching, inflammation, or ulcers.
- A carotid ultrasound of the neck looks for narrowing of the carotid arteries, which could cause a stroke.
- An ultrasound of the abdominal and pelvic arteries can identify an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
- An Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) test compares the blood pressure at your ankle with the blood pressure at your arm. This gives an indication of potential blockages in your arteries.
- A venous ultrasound of the lower extremities evaluates the efficiency of the blood flow leaving your legs.
There are several conditions that can put you at a higher risk for vascular disease.
- High Cholesterol
- Open sores on legs, ankles, feet, and toes
- Aching and/or pain in the legs, especially when walking
- A family history of heart attack, stroke, varicose veins, and aneurysms in the abdomen or legs