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Cardiovascular Conditions & Disorders

Heart Disease Facts

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in four Americans dies from heart disease. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Heart Hospital in southeast Missouri is dedicated to educating people about the symptoms of heart attack and heart disease. We offer the latest technology to treat a wide range of cardiovascular diseases.

Heart Attack Symptoms

Approximately 935,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. Heart attacks are the result of the sudden death of a portion of the heart muscle caused by a sudden decrease in blood supply to that area. Heart attack symptoms can vary between men and women. In general, the symptoms of heart attack can include:

Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms

  • Chest pain/pressure
  • Weakness
  • Neck, jaw and/or shoulder pain
  • Pressure or pain in lower chest, upper back or upper abdomen
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Sweating
  • Extreme fatigue

Men’s Heart Attack Symptoms

  • Left arm, back, jaw and/or neck pain
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal discomfort that may feel like indigestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness

To learn more, please go to the “Know the signs of a Heart Attack” page.

Heart Failure

Around 5.7 million Americans live with heart failure, which occurs when the heart can’t pump enough blood and oxygen to support the body’s organs. Symptoms of heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath from walking stairs or simple activities
  • Trouble breathing when resting or lying down
  • Waking up breathless at night
  • Tiring easily
  • Swelling of feet, ankles or legs
  • Coughing that produces pink or blood-tinged sputum


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.

Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital heart disease is any heart condition you are born with. Unlike heart attacks or heart failure, which may remain hidden until symptoms appear later in life, congenital heart disease is usually diagnosed at birth. Approximately 1 million Americans live with congenital heart disease.

Other Heart Disorders

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Heart Hospital treats and diagnoses a wide range of heart diseases based on various symptoms, including the following:

  • Angina pectoris
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Myocarditis
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