Cardiac Anesthesia & Intensive Care Teams

At Nebraska Medicine, we are world-renowned for the extreme effort we place in monitoring you during surgery, and helping you recover immediately following surgery.

Cardiac Anesthesia

Our cardiac anesthesiologists have specialized training in monitoring the function of the heart during surgery, using advanced heart monitoring tools called transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE).This tool allows our anesthesiologists to measure the function of the heart and gives them direct visualization of the chambers of your heart during the operation, along with your heart's valves and the major connecting vessels and veins that supply blood to the heart. Our program also includes anesthesiologists who monitor heart patients using echocardiography during non-heart related procedures. Their training and skills allow our surgeons to perform surgery on prior heart surgery patients for non-heart related surgeries.

Cardiac Intensive Care

Our specially-trained staff provides helps you recover from cardiac and cardiovascular procedures in one of two dedicated intensive care units.

This includes a 20-bed Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and a 49-bed Cardiac Progressive Care Unit. The most critically ill and complex patients receive care in our intensive care unit.

The progressive care unit provides an intermediate level of care to heart patients with a variety of diagnoses, including coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, myocardial infraction, angina and arrhythmias.

Care is provided to patients who have undergone open-heart surgery, heart catheterization/angioplasty, stents, heart transplants and have had pacemakers and defibrillators installed.