Heart Care Services
Leading the way in heart care
You can help St. Luke’s remain one of the nation’s top cardiovascular hospitals. Your gift to the UnityPoint Health– Cedar Rapids Heart & Vascular Institute supports advances in technology and leading-edge services that are saving lives in our community.
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, UnityPoint Clinic 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.
Learn more about UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids Heart & Vascular Institute.
A History of Innovation as UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids Heart & Vascular Institute
History of Heart Care Leaders
The Heart and Vascular Institute builds on our long history of being a leader and innovator in heart care excellence. Our history of heart care at UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids:
1966 - Cardiac Care Unit opened
1978 - First and only Cedar Rapids hospital to offer open-heart surgery
1983 - First Cedar Rapids Cardiac Rehabilitation program established
1995 - First Cedar Rapids hospital to offer cardiac stents
2000 - Nassif Heart Center opened
2002 - First Iowa hospital to introduce the hypothermia protocol for cardiac arrest patients
2004 - Named a Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospital for the first time
2006 - Transition to Home program for heart failure patients began
2007 - First Cedar Rapids hospital to perform patent foramen ovale (PFO)/atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
2009 - Cardiologists, L.C. joins St. Luke's Hospital
2010 - Received full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers
2013 - One of three hospitals in the world using a high-resolution electrophysiology (EP) catheter
2013 - Cardiologists, L.C. changes its name to UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology and opens in the Physicians' Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion
2013 - St. Luke's receives full accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
2014 - First in Cedar Rapids to use the Artic Front Advance Cardiac Cryoballoon System
2014 - St. Luke's develops a program for treating chronic coronary disease; chronic total occlusions (CTO)
2015 - Heart & Vascular Institute established
2016 - First in Iowa to perform VenaSeal, a new minimally invasive treatment option for varicose veins at UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology in Cedar Rapids - the VenaSeal™ closure system.
2016 - transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, this procedure offers hope for heart patients with inoperable aortic stenosis. A multi-disciplinary team of physicians from UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology and Physicians' Clinic of Iowa Surgical Specialists will be the first in Cedar Rapids to offer this heart valve replacement procedure at. St. Luke's.