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Cardiovascular Care

Cardiovascular care starts at the heart, but doesn’t stop there. It’s designed to treat the entire cardiovascular system – the heart, arteries, and veins throughout your body.

Whether you’re diagnosed with high blood pressure, heart murmur, irregular heartbeat, blocked carotid artery, or other cardiovascular conditions, Stormont Vail’s heart specialists are trained in cutting-edge technologies and treatments – all with a personal touch.

Working with our cardiologist is the best choice for getting specialized care to treat your heart condition. The cardiology team at Stormont Vail treats the entire patient with team-approached care.

Stormont Vail provides a full menu of diagnostics, treatments, and procedures for cardiovascular disease. We also tie our services back to the patient’s lifestyle by offering support and education about exercise, healthy eating habits, and stopping smoking.

Cardiologists can also collaborate with your primary care provider to explain how your heart condition may affect the other areas of your health. Together, they can come up with a treatment plan that covers all of your medical priorities, such as annual physicals and flu shots, to keep every part of your body healthy and strong – not just your heart.

Conditions We Treat

Some of the most common cardiovascular conditions we treat include:

  • Heart failure: the heart pump can’t keep up with its workload, and therefore deprives the body of oxygen
  • Heart attack: the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart is reduced severely or completely blocked off
  • Valvular heart disease: the valves that open to let blood flow in and out of the heart do not function properly
  • Arrhythmia: the heart beats in an abnormal rhythm
  • Aneurysm: there is a bulge or “ballooning” in the wall of one of the blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body

We also specialize in:

  • Pediatric cardiology: caring for our youngest patients with heart conditions
  • Cardiac imaging: taking pictures of the heart and its vessels to assess how it functions
  • Cardiac rehabilitation: helping patients transition from hospital care to everyday heart-healthy living

Cotton O’Neil Heart Center

The Cotton O’Neil Heart Center is our home base where most heart patients receive care.

Services, tests, and procedures offered at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center include:

  • Advanced heart failure treatment
  • Anticoagulation management
  • Aneurysm evaluation
  • Behavioral health therapy services
  • Cardiac consultation and diagnosis (adult and pediatric)
  • Cardiac, general, and vascular ultrasound
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Stress Testing (CPET)
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Electrophysiology services
  • Device monitoring
  • Holter and event monitoring
  • Loop recorder monitoring
  • External Counterpulsation Therapy
  • Medical and cosmetic sclera therapy
  • Outreach mobile nuclear imaging services
  • Nuclear medicine/Stress testing
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Pediatric ultrasound
  • Venous insufficiency ablation
  • Valve and structural heart evaluation
    • Aortic stenosis
    • Atrial septal defects
    • Left atrial appendage
    • Patent foramen ovale

The center also provides care for children with heart disease, and hosts clinics for specific types of heart disease. Learn more about the clinics and pediatric heart services.

Cotton O’Neil Manhattan Cardiology

Several of our services are also available at our office in Manhattan. These services include:

  • Cardiac consultation and diagnosis
  • Cardiac, general and vascular ultrasound
  • Nuclear medicine

Cotton O’Neil Manhattan offers two specialty cardiology clinics: anticoagulation and EP device.

Stormont Vail Health

At the main hospital, we provide many services, including:

  • Cardiac arrhythmia ablation
  • Cardiac catheterization
    • Coronary angiography
    • Coronary intervention
    • Right heart catheterization
  • Cardiac, general, and vascular ultrasound
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Cardioversion
  • Cardiovascular outpatient care services
    • Preoperative care
    • Post procedure recovery
  • Coronary CT
  • Laser lead extraction procedure
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Electrophysiology services
    • Pacemaker and defibrillator implantation
  • Peripheral angiography with intervention
  • Pediatric ultrasound
  • Structural heart procedures
  • Endovascular repair of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Tilt procedure
  • Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)
  • Valvuloplasty

The Cardiac and Vascular Outpatient Center

Cardiac and Vascular Outpatient Center (CVOPC) is a 12-bed outpatient center. We perform over 30 different procedures and integrate with four departments.

Our CVOPC unit is located in the North Tower on the first floor near the cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab), interventional radiology lab (IR), and emergency department (ED).

Coronary or Peripheral Vascular Intervention

Most patients receive coronary or peripheral vascular intervention here. The procedures performed at this center include:

  • Cardiac catheterization and intervention
  • Peripheral angiography and intervention
  • Vascular intervention
  • Patent foramen oval closure

We often collaborate with other departments to provide integrated care to patients.

Interventional Cardiology

We work with Interventional Radiology department to provide:

  • Venograms
  • Arteriograms (cerebral, mesenteric, renal, hepatic)
  • Carotid stenting
  • Stroke intervention
  • Angioplasty/stent procedures
  • Thrombolysis
  • Blood clot embolization
  • Gastric tube placement
  • Drain tubes (biliary or urinary)
  • Shunt or fistula management
  • Central access device procedures
  • Vertebroplasties

Electrophysiology (EP) Procedures

We also work closely with the electrophysiology (EP) lab. Common EP procedures that the CVOPC provides patient care for include:

  • Linq-loop recorder implants
  • Transesophageal echocardiograms
  • Cardioversions
  • Tilt tables
  • Post-pacemaker implants
  • Post-defibrillator implants

Diagnostic Radiology Procedure

If you are getting a diagnostic radiology procedure, you will also receive care by the CVOPC. These procedures include:

  • Biopsies (lung, bone, and organ)
  • Post-myelograms
  • Post-lumbar punctures
  • Pre- and post-procedure intravenous hydration
  • Coronary computed tomography angiogram (CTA)
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Radiofrequency or microwave ablation of tumors.

At CVOPC, you will receive dedicated care provided or coordinated by registered nurses, patient care technicians, department secretary, business coordinator, and pre-access nurse – they confirm procedure day, time, and other important details with patients prior to the procedure day.

Our staff are trained and able to provide care in the following areas:

  • Basic dysrhythmia
  • Advanced cardiac life support
  • Basic life support
  • 12-lead EKG

With the dedication to quality care, we use various data – such as pain management data, reporting critical results to physician’s data, and handwashing compliance data – to constantly reassess our practice.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Center

Patients can join Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Cotton O’ Neil Heart Center, in order to get back to healthy living.

As part of Cardiac Rehabilitation, you will receive an individualized exercise program, as well as education on healthy eating, such as sodium reduction and food label education. You can also receive smoking cessation support.

Not only do we educate on healthy eating — we also place a focus on your mental and social well-being.

For those treated at Stormont Vail Health, but don’t call Topeka their home, we also have great relationships with many different cardiac rehabilitation programs throughout Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, so you can still receive top care if you live far from Topeka.

Cardiac Imaging

Our Cardiac Imaging department has state-of-the-art equipment to assist with diagnosing cardiac problems.

Whether you need a stress test or Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing (CPET), the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center has these services available to you. If you live in a surrounding community, our Mobile Stress Testing truck is available to bring these services closer to you community.

Outreach Programs

We’re always out and about. That’s because we are committed to providing cardiovascular care to patients throughout all of northeast Kansas – not just in Topeka.

Our physicians travel to the following clinics and hospitals surrounding Topeka to deliver cardiovascular care – such as stress tests and ultrasounds – when and where it’s needed.

You might also spot our nuclear imaging truck that travels to Topeka’s surrounding communities to provide imaging services and stress tests.

Outreach Areas – Scheduling Phone Number

Burlington – (620) 364-2121
Clay Center – (785) 632-3929
Council Grove – (620) 767-5126
Emporia – (785) 270-4100 or (800) 468-0177
Hiawatha – (785) 742-6203
Holton – (785) 270-4100 or (800) 468-0177
Junction City – (785) 270-4100 or (800) 468-0177
Manhattan – (785) 537-2651
Onaga – (785) 889-4274
Sabetha – (785) 284-2121
Seneca – (785) 270-4100 or (800) 468-0177
St. Mary’s – (785) 437-3734
Wamego – (785) 270-4100 or (800) 468-0177
Washington (785) 325-2240
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Meet Our Cardiologists and Providers

Stormont Vail is known for its quality, advanced cardiovascular care. This begins with our compassionate team.

We have recruited cardiologists from some of the most renowned training programs in the country, such as the Cleveland Clinic and Rush University Medical Center.

Whether they’re from across the globe, or right here in Kansas, there’s something special about our team: They are part of our community.

Many of our cardiologists and advanced practice providers live right here in Eastern Kansas. You might see them in the operating room, and then at the grocery store. They are not solely care providers – they are our neighbors and friends.

As a Cotton O’Neil Heart Center patient, you will see both your cardiologist and your advanced practice provider – a specialist trained in diagnosing and treating specific medical conditions, as well as helping patients stay healthy. An advanced practice provider can help you manage your condition, and will coordinate with your cardiologist to make sure that you are receiving the best care.

Bashar A. Ababneh


Bashar S. Amr

General Cardiology

Jaime E. Barberena


Kevin L. Bernd

General Cardiologist

James P. Birkbeck

General Cardiologist

Chen Hoe Chow

Heart Failure Specialist

Thomas J. Doyle

General Cardiologist

Lynne Geil


Craig F. Gernon

General Cardiologist

Alan F. Helmbold


Jack A. Jones

Interventionalist; Watchman Device

Donney W. Kastner

General Cardiologist

Gilbert Katz


Nilay Patel


Julie Pletcher


Zia U. Rahman


Seshu C. Rao


Steven E. Seals


Rashmi Thapa


Next Steps For Patients

Make an Appointment

  • Most patients do not need a referral. Call the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center at (785) 270-4000 to make an appointment.

See a Primary Care Provider

  • Call (785) 270-4440 to schedule an appointment with your Stormont Vail primary care provider.
  • Not a Stormont Vail patient? Call (785) 270-4440 to set up your first appointment with one of our primary care providers.

Check With Your Insurance

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to learn about coverage. Click here for a list of Kansas Insurance Company phone numbers and websites.


You can stay connected to Stormont Vail through our online portal, MyChart. The portal lets you schedule an E-Visit or appointment, renew prescriptions, view your medical records and test results, and contact your care team.

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Next Steps For Referring Providers

  • If you are referring a patient internally, you can send a referral through the referral work queue on Epic.
  • If you are not a Stormont Vail provider, call our main number at (785) 270-4000 or (800) 468-0177 to refer your patient.
  • Providers may also refer patients to the Stormont Vail Health Cardiology department by completing the Cardiology Referral form found here.