Cardiovascular Care

St. Francis offers a full range of cardiovascular services including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery options. We also offer the an Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI, accredited by the American College of Cardiology (ACC). St. Francis earned this accreditation because we have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention, also known as coronary angioplasty) available 24/7 every day of the year. Learn more.


Prevention

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in Louisiana. And it’s one of the most preventable. Knowing your risk factors—and taking steps to control them—can greatly reduce your chances of developing the disease. Schedule a regular heart health checkup with your primary care provider. You may also consider having a heart health screening available through our mobile health unit. Find out more here.


Diagnosis

To help your physician with diagnosis of possible heart disease, St. Francis Medical Center offers many options including EKG, stress testing, echocardiogram, holter monitoring, cardiac function testing, cardiac catheterization, coronary CT angiography (CTA), coronary calcium scan, and CT cardiac imaging. St. Francis offers the latest technology available in Northeast Louisiana for CT cardiac imaging using a 160-slice CT scanner and SURECardio technology which automatically adjusts for those with irregular heartbeats. This 160-slice CT imaging technology is located at St. Francis Community Health Center on Tower Drive.


Treatment

If you're diagnosed with a heart condition, rest assured you can trust St. Francis to provide quality, compassionate care. With us, you have access to exceptional heart care, including interventional cardiology, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and a state-of-the-art hybrid operating suite. We offer a full range of diagnostic and interventional cardiac and peripheral vascular catheterization services. Procedures include heart catheterization, permanent pacemaker, defibrillator insertions, and electrophysiology studies. Our highly skilled team works closely with you and your physician to create a personal treatment plan, which may include medication, nonsurgical solutions or innovative treatments such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and Watchman. Traditional open heart surgery is also available.


Recovery

Get back to your life faster following a heart event or surgery at our dedicated Cardiac Rehabilitation Center located at 2600 Tower Drive in the St. Francis Community Health Center. Our specially designed programs include medically supervised exercise, lifestyle counseling to manage personal risk factors and support for your overall health and wellness.