St. Luke's Heart & Vascular Care
As the area's nationally recognized leader in heart care, St. Luke's Heart and Vascular Center offers a full range of cardiovascular services, from prevention through treatment. Our team of advanced heart experts encompasses the specialists and services of St. Luke's Hospital, cardiologists at St. Luke's Heart Care Clinic, cardiothoracic surgeons at St. Luke's Heart & Lung Surgery, vascular surgeons from Physicians' Clinic of Iowa; as well as interventional radiologists from Radiology Consultants of Iowa. This network allows us to provide the highest quality of care and the best possible patient experience right here in the Cedar Rapids area - no need to travel.
This saves you time and money, and it could save your life! Plus, St. Luke's Emergency Department is an Accredited Chest Pain Center, and during emergencies like cardiac arrest and heart attacks, seconds can save lives. With access to the highest level of cardiac care right here in Cedar Rapids, our patients receive crucial care sooner with fewer complications and higher survival rates.
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St. Luke's Heart Care provides compassionate care close to home with state-of-the-art technology and top heart experts. We can coordinate your comprehensive care - tests, surgeries, advanced clinical procedures and rehabilitation - to keep your heart healthy and strong. Call us today to speak to our staff or schedule an appointment.
One of the Nation's Top Cardiovascular Programs
Our History: St. Luke's is the leader in heart care for Eastern Iowa. We have been recognized as a Truven Top 50 Heart Hospital six times for offering better outcomes for our patients and providing the most comprehensive cardiac services. The longest-tenured heart program, St. Luke's performed the first open-heart surgery in Cedar Rapids in 1978, and we are a trusted leader, specializing in innovation and the latest technology.
St. Luke's Heart History Milestones
- 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 (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure that's an alternative to open-heart surgery, 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 are the first to offer TAVR in Cedar Rapids.
- 2017- A new procedure called the Watchman - is being performed at St. Luke's, which is helps AFib patients reduce the risk of stroke-inducing blood clots and eliminates the need for blood-thinning medications.
- 2018 - St. Luke's performs first mitral valve commissurotomy
- 2018 - First successful implantation of the VITARIA® System in a patient enrolled in the Autonomic Regulation Therapy to Enhance Myocardial Function and Reduce Progression of Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction (ANTHEM-HFrEF) Pivotal Study.
- 2020 - Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), a specialized life-support machine, becomes available at St. Luke's. It's one of a limited number of ECMO machines in the state.
- 2021 - MitraClip, a minimally invasive procedure used for mitral valve repair, is first offered in Cedar Rapids by St. Luke's Heart Care team.
- 2021 - First Shockwave procedure is performed in Cedar Rapids by St. Luke's. A treatment for advanced heart disease, Shockwave delivers sonic pressure waves to fracture the buildup of calcified plaque and reopen blocked arteries.
- 2022 - The hospital embarks on a $25 million expansion of St. Luke's Heart and Vascular Center.
Our Recognition: UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids has been named a top cardiovascular hospital by Truven six times in the last ten years, made the Becker's Hospital Review list of "100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs" and in 2013, St. Luke's Emergency Department became Cedar Rapids' first Accredited Chest Pain Center, designated by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. These national, independent organizations recognized UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids' quality of care, which has fewer complications, better outcomes and higher survival rates. Hospitals cannot pay to be included on these lists.
Cedar Rapids' Only Accredited Chest Pain Center
In 2013, St. Luke's Emergency Department became Cedar Rapids' first Accredited Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). The designation is awarded by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Accreditation Services (formerly Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care). ACC's Accreditation Services seeks to improve cardiovascular care processes and patient outcomes. Each accreditation or certification combines evidence-based science, quality initiatives, clinical guidelines and best practices to help reduce variations of care.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, St. Luke's ER was rigorously evaluated on our ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Patients who arrive at St. Luke's with heart attack symptoms are treated with a high level of expertise by professionals using processes that:
- Reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
- Treat patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
- Monitor patients when it is not certain they are having a heart attack, which ensures they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital
Transcatheter Valve Certification (only hospital in Iowa)
St. Luke's is the only hospital in Iowa with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Transcatheter Valve Certification. This means St. Luke's demonstrates quality initiatives, meets current guidelines and follows clinical best practices to produce a holistic approach to the care of patients requiring heart valve repair or replacement therapies.
Heart Care Excellence Every Step of Your Journey
Conditions & Diagnoses
Learn from our experts on a variety of heart conditions and diagnoses — from recognizing the signs of a heart attack to the top heart disease risk factors.
Treatment & Services
Our compassionate team is dedicated to providing the best patient experience every time — from using the latest technologies to supporting patients through their heart care journey.
Preventive Heart Care
At St. Luke's, we're your partner in all-encompassing heart health. This includes preventive screenings, scans and expert lifestyle tips to keep your heart healthy.
Heart News & Patient Testimonials
Your heart deserves the very best care, with top quality, safety and a high level of customer service. At St. Luke's, we strive to give you and your family the highest quality care and an unbeatable patient experience. We have been recognized as a Truven Top 50 Heart Hospital six times for offering better outcomes for our patients and providing the most comprehensive cardiac services. Don't take it from us, hear what our patients have to say!
Atypical Symptoms, Heart Attack Require Shockwave
"I realize there were signs I ignored," said Tracy Young. "Sometimes my jaw or arms would hurt. But the biggest one was blurred vision."
Read her story.
Family History Impacts Heart Attack Risk
Marie Hunt has a troublesome family history of heart disease. "Dr. Dowden's decision to admit me to St. Luke's probably saved my life," she said.
Read her story.
How Shortness of Breath Signified Heart Trouble
He thought it was his asthma acting up. Imagine Scott Frederick's surprise when he learned he was suffering from congestive heart failure and needed open heart surgery.
Read his story.
Tattoo Commemorates Heart Procedure
After receiving lifesaving care for a heart attack, see how this Cedar Rapids man celebrates his new lease on life by getting a tattoo.
Read his story.
'Snuff Box' Used to Treat Heart Attack Patient
Check out the new technique cardiologists at St. Luke's are using to clear heart artery blockages faster and with fewer risks, while increasing patient comfort and reducing recovery time.
Read his story.
Single Procedure Fixes Three Heart Valves
"Three of Mary Ann's four heart valves were not functioning properly," said Cardiologist Keith Kopec. "We had to figure out which one was most likely contributing to her problems."
Read her story.