Is Your Heart Healthy?

Every year, more Americans die from heart-related conditions than from any other cause. Sadly, many people don't even realize their heart is at risk until a major event like a heart attack. When you act early to check your heart, you could be in a better position to catch potential issues and to make a plan that could help keep you healthy for the long run.

Making heart health a priority

Heart health is about more than just your heart. Blood pressure, cholesterol, family history and other factors all play important roles in keeping your heart strong. If you have questions about your heart health but aren’t quite sure where to begin, start with a heart health assessment and learn more about any risks you may have for heart-related conditions. Your journey to a stronger heart starts here.

Leaders in Heart & Vascular Services and Research

UP Health System - Marquette is the region's leader in cutting-edge and compassionate heart care. We provide the best possible heart disease care with a world-class team of cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and cardiovascular surgeons. 


Access to state-of-the-art technology and innovative treatments leads to the best results for our patients. UPHS - Marquette is paving the way forward in heart care, with cutting-edge procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and the Watchman left-atrial appendage closure device implant. Two new cathertization laboratories were added to UPHS - Marquette in 2017, which introduced the Innova IGS 530 (GE Healthcare) to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. These new cath labs boast a number of advancements which assist in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the heart.  


Our Clinical Research team works with our expert physicians to bring the best improvements in medical treatment, prevention, and diagnosis to our patients. Patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials that span from implant device technology to innovations in pharmaceuticals. Notable trials conducted at UPHS - Marquette include the EVERA MRI, the world's first full-body, MRI-safe defibrillator, and several active studies on investigational implantable devices such as BeAT-HF. 


UP Health System - Marquette is a Duke LifePoint hospital, a partnership which brings in Duke's world-renowned leadership in patient safety and clinical quality systems in heart care. Nationally, UPHS - Marquette achieved recognition in 2017 from Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality for having the second lowest heart attack readmission rate in the United States. UPHS - Marquette also received Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI accreditaiton in 2017 from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.


UP Health System - Marquette Recognized for Excellence with ACC Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI

UPHS - Marquette provides necessary care, resources to cath lab patients

MARQUETTE, MICH. – APRIL 18, 2018 — The American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services has recognized UP Health System – Marquette, a Duke LifePoint hospital, for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to a cardiac cath lab for care, including diagnostic catheterizations and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. UP Health System - Marquette was awarded Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI in March 2018 based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who come to the cardiac cath lab. UP Health System – Marquette is the first and only hospital in the state of Michigan to earn this accreditation and the fourth in the nation.

Percutaneous coronary intervention is also known as coronary angioplasty, with or without stenting. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon and/or stent to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

Hospitals that have proven exceptional competency in treating patients who require cardiac catheterization have standardized their assessment process for patients before undergoing catheterization to ensure quality and patient safety. They ensure that care in the procedure room for sedation, infection control, radiation safety, universal protocol, and time out procedures is fully coordinated; and have mastered the appropriate transfer to a cath recovery unit to better monitor and track complications, enhance physician-to-patient communication, patient family communication, discharge instructions and follow-up information.

“UP Health System - Marquette has demonstrated its commitment to providing the Upper Peninsula with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Marquette with Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI.”

Hospitals receiving Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI from ACC Accreditation Services must take part in a multifaceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care; developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of cath lab patients. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to improved patient outcomes.

“Achieving this accreditation was a tremendous effort made by our entire team,” said Robert Kroll, Cath Lab Director at UPHS-Marquette. “We provide evidenced based world-class heart and vascular services right here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I’m incredibly proud of our organization. This achievement speaks to the quality of not only the Cath Lab but the Heart Vascular Service line as a whole.  Our communities have been and will continue to benefit from this effort.”

UP Health System – Marquette provides comprehensive cardiovascular services including general cardiology, diagnostic testing, diagnostic and interventional cardiology, clinical research, electrophysiology, rehabilitation, vascular care, and open-heart surgery. As a Duke Health Affiliate for Heart & Vascular care, UPHS-Marquette collaborates with the Duke Heart Network to optimize patient outcomes, promote evidence-based medicine, improve community health, and facilitate access to clinical research.

The ACC and the American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like UP Health System - Marquette access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including the cath lab.

Our Services

Heart & Vascular Team
Diagnostic Testing
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Cardiothoracic Surgery (Open Heart)
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Vascular Care
Vein Center
Active Cardiovascular Research Trials
Heart Attack Warning Signs


Common Symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease: Dr. Kris Dosh, UPHS - Marquette Heart & Vascular

What is Atrial Fibrillation?: Dr. Rudy Evonich, UPHS - Marquette Heart & Vascular

What is Interventional Cardiology?: Dr. Yazan Khouri, UPHS - Marquette Heart & Vascular

Cardiovascular Devices and Implants: Dr. David Pesola, UPHS - Marquette Heart & Vascular

What is a Cardiac Cath Lab?: Dr. John Pap, UPHS - Marquette Heart & Vascular

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 906.449.3440.