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Heart Hospital

Heart Hospital Located in Southeast Missouri

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Heart Hospital in southeast Missouri provides advanced diagnostics, leading-edge cardiac intervention and surgeries, emergency care, cardiac rehabilitation, risk assessments for heart disease, vascular disease screenings and heart education. Our highly skilled cardiologists and cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons at Saint Francis have achieved mortality rates that are 50 percent lower than the national average and discharge many patients within four days. As a leader in cardiac innovations, Saint Francis was the first Heart Hospital in southeast Missouri to perform cardiac catheterization. Our heart hospital offers the following:

  • 50 private acute care beds
  • 10 cardiac intensive care beds.
  • Five cardiac catheterization labs, including:
    • 1 electrophysiology (EP) lab
    • 1 hybrid endovascular lab

The EP lab is one of the first in the world to use the Philips EP Navigator System, a specialized imaging system.

Disorders Treated

Our Heart Hospital in Cape Girardeau treats a wide range of heart and vascular disorders, including:

  • Angina pectoris
  • Aortic stenosis/aortic insufficiency
  • Arrhythmia
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid artery stenosis
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Lymphedema
  • Mitral regurgitation
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Myocarditis
  • Pelvic varices
  • Peripheral arterial disease


Our Heart Hospital offers patients a wide array of treatments, including:

  • Angioplasty with stenting
  • Arterial bypass grafting
  • Carotid stenting
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Diagnostic coronary and peripheral angiography
  • da Vinci® Robotic surgery
  • Heart valve replacement
  • Intracoronary thrombectomy
  • Maze, TMR and heart port procedures
  • Pacemaker surgery
  • Stress testing
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Transradial catheterization

Ratings and Accreditation

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care gave Saint Francis a full Cycle III accreditation through 2015 and we were the first heart hospital in southeast Missouri to receive this accreditation.

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is a 10-bed unit that provides 24-hour care to patients diagnosed with cardiac conditions who have had open heart, vascular and thoracic surgical procedures and require intensive care, monitoring and nursing observation. CICU nursing staff is specially trained to manage surgical patients and provide high quality care. Admissions to the CICU come from transfers from acute care facilities, referrals from outside physicians and the emergency room.

Nutrition Services

What you eat can help you prevent heart disease. Nutrition Services at Saint Francis Medical Center offers you a team of specialty-trained dietitians to help you select foods for a healthier lifestyle. We also offer educational sessions focus on decreasing fat, cholesterol and sodium intake in your diet and making total lifestyle changes.

To make eating easier, click here to view some heart-healthy recipes.

Other Heart Hospital Services

There are many programs and services offered at the Saint Francis Heart Hospital. These include:

  • Catheterization labs
  • Cardiac Noninvasive Diagnostic Center
  • Arrhythmia Center
  • Heart Valve Center
  • Vein and Laser Center
  • Hybrid endovascular lab
  • Advanced diagnostics
  • Intervention and surgery
  • Cardiac risk assessments
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiac screenings
  • Educational programs