Cardiology

Indiana University Health Southern Indiana Physicians Cardiology

South central Indiana’s most experienced heart experts are dedicated to providing quality cardiology care.  Our Indiana University Health Southern Indiana Physicians Cardiology team includes cardiologists, an electrophysiologist, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and our dedicated office team members.  

We are proud to work closely with Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital and many other IU Health teams across south central Indiana to ensure you have access to a full continuum of the highest quality heart care.  

IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians cardiologists see patients at multiple locations in Bloomington, and also see patients in Lawrence and Orange Counties at IU Health Visiting Specialist offices.  

Please call us at 812.676.4144 to schedule an appointment.

What we do.

The IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians heart experts provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for all conditions affecting the heart and vascular system, including atherosclerosis (a buildup in the arteries), coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and more.

Our providers provide life-saving heart care and diagnostic testing. They also utilize leading-edge treatments for heart attack, heart disease, stroke and other conditions that affect the circulatory system.

IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians detect heart conditions using noninvasive diagnostic techniques, such as vascular ultrasound, echocardiography, nuclear cardiac testing, mobile cardiac telemetry and cardiac stress tests. These safe techniques help physicians create personalized treatment options for your needs.

Our highly trained cardiologists can also help you manage heart conditions using medicines to improve blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rhythm. For patients taking anticoagulants such as Warfarin (commonly known by brand names such as Coumadin), we work closely with the IU Health Anticoagulation Clinic to manage these medicines.

IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians cardiologists also perform invasive procedures, including cardiac catheterization, percutaneous coronary intervention (both balloon angioplasty and coronary stenting), and pacemaker and defibrillator implantation and management. Additional testing includes electrophysiological studies to evaluate arrhythmias, and catheter ablation of arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and atrial tachycardia.

Diagnostic testing.

Diagnostic tests help doctors assess the disease or problem and plan your heart care treatment accordingly.  Many of the tests your doctors use are performed in their office, and some are performed in close collaboration with local IU Health facilities.

Tests may include:

  • Arterial stress tests. These test the effect exercise has in the blood flow in lower extremities and compares it to resting blood flow.  It provides a general sense of vascular health in the lower extremities.
  • Cardiac stress tests.  Also known as exercise stress tests, this screening tests the effect of exercise on your heart and gives a general sense of heart health.
  • Device clinic services. These services provide for routine monitoring of an implanted pacemaker and/or defibrillator.  
  • Echocardiogram. An echocardiogram uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. This allows doctors to evaluate the valves and chambers of the heart in a noninvasive manner.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG). An electrocardiogram records the heart's electrical activity to measure the rate and regularity of heartbeats. It also determines the size and position of the chambers, the presence of any heart damage and the effects of drugs or devices used to regulate the heart (such as a pacemaker).
  • Electrophysiology study (EPS). This involves placing wire electrodes within the heart to determine the characteristics of heart arrhythmias.
  • Heart magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This test uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the heart, but does not use radiation. This test may also be done as part of a chest MRI.
  • Noninvasive vascular testing/vascular studies. Intravascular ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to see inside the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply the heart. Vascular doppler ultrasound uses sound waves to examine the blood flow in various parts of your body. These create an ultrasound picture showing the structure and function of the various blood vessels in the body.
  • Positron emission tomography (PET). This imaging test uses a substance called a tracer to look for disease in the body. Unlike MRIs and CT scans, which reveal the structure of organs, a PET scan shows how the organs and tissues are functioning.
  • Tilt table testing. Tilt table testing evaluates your blood pressure as it responds to simple stresses and can help doctors determine why you are fainting or coming close to fainting.
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE). A TEE takes ultrasound pictures of your heart by putting a probe into your mouth and down your esophagus (food passageway). This provides a clear picture of your heart because it is just in front of the esophagus.
  • Mobile cardiac telemetry.  This monitoring approach uses small portable monitors that, when a cardiac anomaly is detected, automatically records important data. The data is automatically transmitted to your heart physicians. This provides automatic, real-time monitoring and analysis.
  • Event recording. An event recorder is worn for a period of time. A record of the heart's electrical currents is recorded when activated by the individual wearing the recorder.
  • Holter monitoring. A holter monitor is worn for a period of time, which provides a record of the heart’s electrical current over a 24 hour period.  

We are part of the IU Health Level One Heart Team.

Our cardiologists are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for patients experiencing heart attacks or other cardiovascular emergencies.  During a heart attack, the IU Health emergency and cardiology teams across south central Indiana work together to provide treatment faster than the national average time.  IU Health Bloomington Hospital, the region’s only provider of 24/7, 365 emergency heart care, is designated as a Blue Distinction Center by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in the area of cardiac care. This means the heart care is recognized for demonstrating better quality care and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications following certain cardiac procedures and lower rates of healthcare associated infections compared with peers.

We work with the IU School of Medicine.

Our cardiac services are among some of the most advanced in Indiana, and our doctors and professional staff are specially trained in the treatment of heart problems using advanced cardiac equipment and facilities. Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine we offer patients access to the latest research, which translates to better outcomes.

$49 Heart scans are available.

Our cardiologists work closely with IU Health teams across south central Indiana, including hospitals that provide the $49 heart scan.  IU Health Bloomington Hospital and IU Health Bedford Hospital offer $49 heart scans to patients at risk for heart disease. These screenings are done with same-day preliminary results.  Call 800.265.3220 or visit iuhealth.org/heartscans to see if a $49 heart scan is right for you.