St. Luke's is Your Heart Hospital

At St. Luke's, we've been recognized as a Truven Top 50 Heart Hospital six times for offering better outcomes for our patients with comprehensive cardiac services. We are the only hospital to perform open-heart surgery in Cedar Rapids. Our team works hard to provide the highest quality care with fewer complications, better outcomes and higher survival rates. Your heart's health means a lot to us, and we want to keep it beating as it should.

Heart & Vascular Institute

St. Luke's now offers a new procedure to patients that are high risk or too sick for open-heart surgery. It’s called, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR. It’s a less invasive procedure that does not require open-heart surgery. A multi-disciplinary team of physicians from UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology and Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Surgical Specialists are the first in Cedar Rapids to offer this heart valve replacement procedure at St. Luke’s.

“The TAVR procedure is part of the new and advanced level of cardiac care we envisioned when we announced the Heart and Vascular Institute last year,” said Todd Langager, MD, Medical Director of UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids Heart and Vascular Institute. “With our aging population in Iowa, this procedure has the potential to help many individuals who would otherwise be unable to have open-heart surgery. It provides lifesaving heart care closer to home. This procedure demonstrates our commitment to bringing the latest heart care technology to the Cedar Rapids community.”

Door to Dilatation Time Continues to Decrease

An example of our commitment to continuously approve and provide the highest level of care is our door to balloon times which continue t o decrease.  St. Luke’s year to date  for 2016 is 47 minutes for the average door to balloon time. Door to balloon time is the measurement of the patient’s arrival in the emergency department and  ends when the catheter is inserted to treat the cardiac condition. The adage “time is muscle” applies here to lessen the amount of heart damage – thus the lower the time the better.

St. Luke’s continues to have many very low times so far  in 2016 with several in the 20 – 30 minute range.  The best to date was 21 minutes. This speaks volumes for everyone involved in the care of these patients including pre-hospital EMS, Emergency Department staff, Cath Lab staff, Emergency Room physicians and the cardiologists.  The number of people involved is in the hundreds and it touches so many points of care, and in some cases including other transferring facilities. Everyone works together to follow the protocols for providing these patients with the critical care they need and deserve.

To speak with someone in Heart Care Services, call (319)369-8909.

The St. Luke's Heart Care Team

Our cardiology team and partners are performing more heart procedures at St. Luke's than anywhere else in Linn County. Why? St. Luke's exceptional in-house heart team and our outstanding cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons and cardiologists are bringing some of the most advanced treatment techniques to St. Luke's and Cedar Rapids. Cooperative efforts such as these ensure St. Luke's will always have the most comprehensive heart care services program in eastern Iowa.

Our Partners

UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology is the first and largest cardiology practice in Cedar Rapids and joined St. Luke's Hospital in 2010. We formed this doctor-hospital partnership to better serve our community. This enables us to coordinate care better and focus on increasing quality and reducing the cost of healthcare. UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology serves patients at their current office locations and satellite clinics throughout eastern Iowa.

Physicians' Clinic of Iowa Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons