Cardiovascular Care

St. Francis offers a full range of cardiovascular services including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery options. We also offer the only Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI in Northeast Louisiana, 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.


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.

Start with this simple, online heart risk assessment found here.  This assessment will help you identify your risk for heart disease.


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 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. Our highly skilled team works closely with you and your physician to create a personal treatment plan, which may include medication, nonsurgical solutions or surgery, including open heart.

St. Francis Medical Center and St. Francis P&S Surgery & Heart Center provide a full range of diagnostic and interventional cardiac and peripheral vascular catheterization services. Procedures include heart catheterization, permanent pacemaker, defibrillator insertions, and electrophysiology studies. A skilled team of experienced specialists provide in-depth medical expertise, and specially trained registered nurses and radiological technologists work closely with physicians throughout all procedures. 

For more complex conditions, St. Francis Medical Center offers heart surgery.

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.