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One of the Nation's Top Cardiovascular Programs

UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids is a leader in heart care. People choose us when they want the best possible heart care team helping them prevent, manage — and overcome — heart or vascular disease.

The  UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids Heart & Vascular Institute encompasses the heart care specialists and services of St. Luke's Hospital, St. Luke's Cardiology and the cardiovascular surgeons from Physicians' Clinic of Iowa. This collaborative relationship puts all heart care services under a single organization with physician and administrative leadership.

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. For more than 40 years, we have performed open-heart surgery in Cedar Rapids, as a trusted leader, specializing in innovation and the latest technology. 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.

Faster Heart Care

More patients than ever are receiving fast care for a heart attack. An Associated Press report states more than 93 percent of heart attack patients had blocked arteries opened within the recommended 90 minutes of arrival at a hospital. The average door-to-balloon time, the time it takes from a patient to arrive in the emergency department to the cardiac cath lab, at St. Luke’s is 58 minutes. St. Luke’s fastest reported time to date was 13 minutes. This timetable saves lives and leads to better outcomes. A heart attack develops when an artery that supplies the blood, that carries oxygen, to the heart muscle is blocked. Within minutes of a heart attack, heart tissue begins to die. Survival depends on how fast the patient gets to the hospital and how quickly they receive lifesaving care.

St. Luke's Cardiology Clinic

UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's 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. The Cardiology clinic serves patients at their current office locations and satellite clinics throughout eastern Iowa.

Preventing Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Each year more than one million people lose their lives from some form of heart disease, some of which may be genetic, and some are the result of lifestyle choices.

St. Luke's can help assess your risk for heart problems and give you the tools you need to improve your heart health.

  • Call (319) 369-8129 to sign up for St. Luke's Heart Check. Five easy tests assess your heart, vascular and stroke health.

  • Call (319) 369-8909 to schedule a Heart Scan identifies calcified plaque in your coronary arteries and assesses your heart's health. There are no injections, treadmills or pre-test fasting.
  • Check your heart health and talk to your provider about heart disease risk factors.
  • Stop smoking with the help of St. Luke's Tobacco Cessation program.
  • Know your numbers - your weight and blood pressure are important indicators of health. 
  • If you need to make exercise, nutrition and lifestyle changes, try the UnityPoint Health Weight  Loss Clinic.
  • Keep close tabs on your blood fats (LDL and triglycerides) and sugars. Both can be detected with simple blood tests taken by your primary care doctor.