Wear red and give to help end heart disease and stroke

Go Red!

February is American Heart Month – let’s do our part to raise awareness and help prevent heart disease and stroke!

February 7 is National Wear Red Day®

American Heart Association - Go Red for Women

Support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement by wearing red on National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 7. It’s as easy as wearing a red dress, tie or accessory and telling people why!

Why Wear Red?

  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women (and men), taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
  • Women die each year because they are unaware of their risks of heart disease.
  • To help inform and empower women about how they can take charge of their heart health.

Support women’s heart health when you Go Red on National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 7 and rocking your red on social media using #SFHSgoesRed, #GoRedMO and #WearRedDay and tagging the American Heart Association’s Missouri Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Making an impact can be easy…and fun!

  1. Wear Red on National Wear Red Day® (Friday, February 7, 2020), and throughout the month. Style yourself red and join together with friends & colleagues to make a bold statement for a great cause.
  2. Give. Help raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women and encourage everyone to wear red and give. Every dollar makes a difference in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
  3. Open your heart and contribute to the American Heart Association and the Saint Francis CardiacCare Fund and help build longer, healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases. Your gift can change lives!

Heart & Health Screenings

American Heart Month is the perfect time to get a free heart screening at Saint Francis Healthcare System.

The free Heart & Health Screenings are offered every Wednesday in February. Normally, heart health screenings are $30. Space is limited, so call 573-331-5111 to register.

Heart & Health Screenings require a 10- to 12-hour fast beforehand. During the fast, drink plenty of water and continue taking prescription medications (with water only).

The free Heart & Health Screenings include a total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, cardiac risk ratio, glucose and blood pressure check.

Saint Francis Medical Center Heart Hospital

Saint Francis Healthcare, in affiliation with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Heart Hospital provides advanced diagnostics, leading-edge cardiac intervention and surgeries, emergency care, cardiac rehabilitation, risk assessments for heart disease, vascular disease screenings and heart education. We’re proud of our affiliation with Cleveland Clinic, the No. 1 Cardiology & Heart Surgery program in the nation since 1995, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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.

Donate to the CardiacCare Fund

The Saint Francis CardiacCare fund provides assistance with cardiac rehabilitation and other necessary services and equipment for patients unable to afford them.

American Heart Association Heart Walk

American Heart Association Heart Walk

The annual American Heart Association Heart Walk seeks to raise awareness for and funds to treat cardiovascular-related conditions.

Learn more about the Heart Walk and register a team!

Cardiovascular Treatments & Procedures

Saint Francis offers a host of treatments & procedures to treat cardiovascular issues. A sampling of these procedures can be found below; visit our cardiovascular treatments & procedures page to learn more.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure which repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve. Instead, a replacement valve is wedged into the aortic valve’s place.

Steven J. Joggerst, MD and Chad N. Stasik, MD, FACS explain the TAVR procedure:

Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)

MitraClip device
MitraClip device

Mitral regurgitation (MR) is the leakage of blood backward through the mitral valve each time the heart contracts. When this happens, patients can experience significant shortness of breath and their activity tolerance may be greatly reduced. Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair, or TMVR, is a minimally-invasive procedure for treating this mitral valve leakage. Saint Francis Healthcare System offers the MitraClip procedure for those experiencing mitral regurgitation.

Steven J. Joggerst, MD and Chad N. Stasik, MD, FACS discuss the TMVR procedure as an alternative to open-heart surgery:

WATCHMAN: A One-Time Implant that Helps Reduce AFib Stroke Risk

The WATCHMAN Implant is about the size of a quarter and made from very light and compact materials commonly used in many medical implants.
The WATCHMAN Implant is about the size of a quarter and made from very light and compact materials commonly used in many medical implants.

WATCHMAN effectively reduces the risk of stroke by permanently closing off the area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA), to keep blood clots from escaping. WATCHMAN can eliminate the bleeding risks and regular blood tests and food-and-drink restrictions that come with Warfarin. In a clinical trial, 9 out of 10 people were able to stop taking Warfarin just 45 days after the WATCHMAN procedure.

Radial Coronary Angioplasty

Steven J. Joggerst, MD, interventional cardiologist at Saint Francis Medical Center, talks about radial coronary angioplasty:

Cardiovascular Conditions & Disorders

There are many conditions which can affect the heart and cardiovascular system. A few of these are listed here, and you can learn more on our cardiovascular conditions & disorders page.


Unlike heart attacks and heart failure, arrhythmias may not produce any symptoms. Arrhythmia is an abnormal rhythm or rate of the heartbeat caused by disturbances in the movement of electrical impulses through the heart. The Arrhythmia Center at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Heart Hospital is the first hospital in southeast Missouri to use the Philips EP navigator to diagnose these disorders.


Duc T. Nguyen, DO explains cardiomyopathy, a weakness in the heart’s left ventricle:

Cardiac Arrest

Duc T. Nguyen, DO discusses sudden cardiac arrest, which is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness:

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