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Innovative Heart Disease Treatments

Delivered With Compassionate Support

Heart and spirit. That's what you are, and that's what we treat. With locations throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, AdventHealth, formerly Shawnee Mission Health, provides quality cardiovascular care that's close to home. Here, you receive supportive, compassionate heart disease treatments from board-certified cardiologists, radiologists, and critical care specialists.

We provide advanced heart disease care, including heart failure and heart attack treatments, at the Kansas City area’s first accredited Chest Pain Center. Our Stroke Program earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. And our innovative procedures, including transradial angiography, are designed to get you back to living the life you love with ease and comfort. At AdventHealth, whole-person care is more than just a motto. It's our promise to you.

The Tools You Need

For a Healthy, Active Life

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Risk Assessments for Cardiac Issues

Cardiovascular wellness depends on many factors — like age, gender, and family history. While many of these factors are outside your control, a few small changes can have an immediate and positive impact on your heart health. That’s why we developed HEARTaware, a free, online heart disease risk assessment program to identify where and how you can make these adjustments. Along with an in-office visit with one of our expert cardiologists, it’s our goal to raise your awareness and reduce the risks of heart attacks and many other cardiovascular conditions.

When you visit us, we’ll carefully go over a number of risk assessments, including:

  • Blood Pressure Management
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress Reduction
  • Weight Loss

To get started with your care and assess your risk of health conditions, take our HEARTaware test today or learn more about possible risk factors below.

Advanced Diagnostic Tests to Begin Your Healing

When it comes to your heart, knowledge is key. The sooner the reason for your condition is known, the sooner a solution can be found. That’s why we are home to diagnostic technologies that help formulate a detailed diagnosis with speed and precision. When you have heart disease symptoms, from difficulty sleeping to shortness of breath, we’ll attend to your specific needs with compassion and develop a personalized heart health care plan to put you on the path to healing. Our network gives you access to a wide range of cardiovascular tests and screenings, including:

  • Cardiac Catheterizations
  • CT Scans
  • Dual Isotope Stress Testing
  • Echo Vascular Testing
  • EKGs
  • Holter Monitoring
  • MRIs
  • Stress Testing
  • Tilt Table Testing
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography
  • X-Rays
Leading-Edge Non-Surgical Heart Disease Treatments

Whatever your heart needs for wellness, we’re here for you. From progressive, minimally invasive procedures, to traditional heart surgery and heart-failure program that allows us to create customized heart health plans, our cardiology department combines robust heart disease treatments with tender care for your body, mind, and spirit.

If you experience any heart and vascular issues, we work efficiently to return you and your heart to safety with the utmost attention to your comfort. We have a top-notch interdisciplinary team of expert physicians, neurologists, cardiologists, radiologists, therapists, and more. To meet your needs at any time of day or night, our Chest Pain Center gives you 24-hour access to heart attack treatments, cardiac catheterization, and clinical laboratories as well as radiological, ultrasound, and CT scans. We’re committed to giving you and your heart what you need for long-term, whole-person wellness, including:

  • Amplatzer Atrial Septal Closure Devices
  • Angiojets
  • Biventricular Synchronizations
  • Cardioseal Closure Device for Patent Foraman Ovale (PFO)
  • Cardioversions
  • Coronary Brachytherapy
  • Diagnostic Fluoroscopy
  • Gene Therapy for Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Biopsies
  • Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators
  • Intra Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Intracoronary and Drug-Eluting Stents
  • Intracoronary Ultrasounds
  • Lymphadema Treatments
  • Non-Surgical Septal Reductions (HOCM)/Alcohol Ablations
  • Open Heart Surgeries
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Permanent Pacemakers
  • Pulmonary Rehabiliation
  • Temporary Transvenous Pacemakers
  • Vascular Studies Interventions and Stenting
Proven Surgeries and Continued Heart Care

When it comes to your heart health, sometimes cardiac surgery is the right call. If that's the case, trust in a team of board-certified surgeons that have earned national recognition for their expertise in achieving some of the best results. Our experts perform a number of cardiovascular procedures, including:

  • Aneurysm Repairs
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgeries
  • Intra-Op Transesophageal Echocardiograms and Epi-Aortic Doppler
  • Microwave Ablations for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Off-Pump Bypass
  • Septal Defect Repairs
  • Transmyocardial Laser Revascularizations
  • Thoroscopies
  • Heart Valve Replacements and Repairs

If you’ve gone through a heart event, you’ll work closely with your care team to create a cardiac rehabilitation program designed to optimize your physical, mental, and spiritual health. These may include three phases: in-patient, outpatient, and management. At every stage, our cardiology department works to improve your heart’s performance after a heart surgery or procedure and reduce the risk of future heart attacks and other cardiac events by stabilizing, slowing, or even reversing the progression of cardiovascular disease. With us, your heart health is personal.

We’re a Proud Supporter of Your Community’s Health

At AdventHealth, our commitment to providing quality cardiovascular care is a passion that comes to life not only in our hospital, but throughout the community. Our unique One Day At A Time Support Group helps patients and their families adjust to lifestyle changes following a stroke. We also offer free health workshops and public education courses on subjects ranging from awareness and prevention of stroke to gardening, nutrition, and quitting smoking. The AdventHealth network provides our friends and neighbors with quality health care in a setting that’s close to home. Because strengthening the cardiovascular health of our community is the heart of what we do.

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Heart and Vascular Care You Can Count On

We’re here to take care of your cardiovascular system so you can keep putting your whole heart into everything you do.

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Potential Risk Factors

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Uncontrollable Factors

With vascular disease, there are some factors that simply cannot be controlled.

Age: Stroke risk doubles for each decade after age 55. Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) risk increases after age 50.

Gender: Men are more likely to experience heart attack and stroke than pre-menopausal women.

Heredity: African Americans and Hispanics are at greater risk, as well as people with a family history of heart disease, stroke and PVD. Treating, reducing or eliminating the risk factors that can be controlled decrease your chance of experiencing heart attack, stroke or PVD.

Control Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the leading risk factors for heart attack, stroke and PVD. High blood pressure places additional stress on artery walls and can damage the lining of these walls, causing them to form a blockage or blood clot.

Remember, if your doctor has prescribed a blood pressure medication, don’t stop taking it. Not taking your medication elevates your blood pressure and significantly increases your risk. Weight control, reducing salt intake, regular exercise and taking prescribed medication will help you control your blood pressure.

Control Your Blood Sugar

Having diabetes puts you at increased risk for vascular disease. Diabetes can be controlled by following a recommended diet, controlling weight, monitoring blood sugars, exercising and taking medications as prescribed.

Behavioral Factors

Stress: The key to reducing stress is learning how to manage your response to stressful situations. Chronic stress is known to increase heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Smoking: In addition to harming the lungs and causing cancer, smoking also injures blood vessel walls, speeds up hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), increases the workload on your heart and elevates blood pressure. The good news is that if you stop smoking today, your risk factor for vascular disease greatly decreases within two years.

Alcohol: Drinking large amounts of alcohol and binge drinking have been associated with an increased risk for vascular disease.

Lower Your Cholesterol and Control Your Weight

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance essential to all of the cells in your body. Normally, your liver produces all the cholesterol you require. Eating foods high in cholesterol and saturated fats will increase blood vessel damage. Being overweight strains the entire circulatory system and causes higher cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and diabetes, which increase risk for vascular disease.

Eating a well-balanced diet low in cholesterol, saturated fats and salt will help you control your weight and maintain a healthy cholesterol level. Medications may also be prescribed to reduce cholesterol when dietary control is not adequate.

Expert, Whole-Hearted Care

For Your Whole Life

Breaking down barriers to better heart health. That’s what multidisciplinary care means to us. Our Care Coordinators can connect you to the local nutrition, exercise, and surgical experts who can help you feel better and feel whole as you continue your journey to wellness. From helping with medication management to supporting your rehabilitation progress, our approach to care is simple: We’re here to help you get from where you are now to where you want to be.