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St. Luke's Heart Care

As the area's leader in heart care, St. Luke's Heart 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 and 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 meant to help AFib patients reduce the risk of stroke-inducing blood clots and eliminate 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 and the Heart & Vascular Institute. A treatment for advanced heart disease, Shockwave delivers sonic pressure waves to fracture the buildup of calcified plaque and reopen blocked arteries.

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.

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 Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, St. Luke's ER was rigorously evaluated by the SCPC 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


The SCPC accredits hospitals emphasizing the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. Accredited hospitals, such as
St. Luke's, serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems and help promote healthier lifestyles to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

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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.

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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!

New Heart Valve Without Open Heart Surgery


"I'm glad they caught my heart problem and I had the procedure done," says Roger Kromminga. "I'm a pretty active person. I really enjoy being outside, working on my tractors and gardening. The MitraClip has made a world of difference in helping me get back to the things I enjoy."
Read his story.

From Sudden Cardiac Death to New Life


"St. Luke's is a fantastic example for the nation," says Norm McElwain. "Without the incredible teamwork from the doctors and nurses at St. Luke's, I'd be dead. They saved my life."
Read his story.

The Right Place and The Right Team Saves Employee's Life


"[After my heart cath], I was like a brand-new person," says patient and St. Luke's employee Larae Wenzel. "Looking back in the months leading up to my heart attack, I realize I was experiencing symptoms. I'm thankful this happened when I was working. If had been at home, I would probably not have survived."
Read her story.