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The Best Heart Doctors in Cedar Rapids | Cardiology Compared

Compare the two biggest heart care providers in Cedar Rapids to find the best fit for you.

With over 41 years of open heart surgery experience, St. Luke's surgeons, cardiologists and heart care team continue to excel at innovation, technology and patient care.

Why Choose St. Luke's for your heart care?

St. Luke’s = year end 2018 completed procedures
Mercy Medical Center = year end 2018 scheduled procedures that may not have been completed

Open Heart Surgery & Procedures

First open-heart surgery performed:
St. Luke’s Hospital heart surgeons performed their first open heart surgery more than 40 years ago on June 27, 1977.
Mercy Medical Center: November 2017

Number of open heart surgeries performed:
St. Luke’s Hospital has performed more than 13,648 open heart surgeries and procedures in the past more than 40 years.
Mercy Medical Center: 151

Open heart surgeons:
St. Luke’s Hospital: 2
Mercy Medical Center: 1

Open heart surgeons’ years of experience:
St. Luke’s Hospital: 47
Mercy Medical Center: 25

Open heart advanced practice practitioners:
St. Luke’s Hospital: 3
Mercy Medical Center: 1

Open heart surgery teams:
St. Luke’s Hospital: 2
Mercy Medical Center: 1

Open heart surgery team years of experience working together:
St. Luke’s Hospital: 41
Mercy Medical Center: 1

Cardiac ICU staff years of experience working together:
St. Luke’s Hospital: 41
Mercy Medical Center: 1

TAVR – Transcatheter arotic valve repair:
St. Luke’s Hospital: Yes
Mercy Medical Center: No


Cardiac Catheterization lab

ER arrival to blockage open best time:
St. Luke’s Hospital: 13
Mercy Medical Center: 33

ER arrival to blockage open average time:
St. Luke’s Hospital: 58
Mercy Medical Center: Faster than the 90 minute national benchmark

Diagnostic cath procedures per year:
St. Luke’s Hospital: > 1590
Mercy Medical Center: 308

Catheterization through the wrist resulting in quicker patient recovery with better outcomes:
St. Luke’s Hospital: 78%
Mercy Medical Center: 80%

Impella assisted percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) “the world’s smallest heart pump" and is used to open blockages in heart arteries and allows doctors to place stents.
St. Luke’s Hospital: Yes
Mercy Medical Center: No

Electrophysiology

Electrophysiologists:
St. Luke’s Hospital: 3
Mercy Medical Center: 2

Watchman procedure:
St. Luke’s Hospital: Yes
Mercy Medical Center: No

Afib ablation (per American College of Cardiology):
St. Luke’s Hospital: Yes
Mercy Medical Center: No

Cardiology

Long term relationship > 40 years with Eastern Iowa’s largest cardiology practice:
St. Luke’s Hospital: Yes
Mercy Medical Center: No

Cardiologists:
St. Luke’s Hospital: 16
Mercy Medical Center: 7

Advanced Practice Providers:
St. Luke’s Hospital: 8
Mercy Medical Center: 6

Heart failure clinic:
St. Luke’s Hospital: Yes
Mercy Medical Center: No

Vein clinic:
St. Luke’s Hospital: Yes
Mercy Medical Center: No

Anti-coagulation clinic with at home monitoring:
St. Luke’s Hospital: Yes
Mercy Medical Center: No

Advanced Heart Failure & Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic:
St. Luke’s Hospital: Yes
Mercy Medical Center: No

Outreach locations (providing care close to home)"
St. Luke’s Hospital: Anamosa, Clarence, Independence, Manchester, Marengo, Vinton
Mercy Medical Center: Vinton, Manchester

Recognized nationally for cardiac excellence

Top 50 Heart Hospital in America by Truven Health Analytics:
St. Luke’s Hospital: 6 times
Mercy Medical Center: 0 times

Action Registry Platinum Performance Achievement:
St. Luke’s Hospital: Yes
Mercy Medical Center: No

Advanced certification in Heart Failure:
St. Luke’s Hospital: Yes
Mercy Medical Center: No