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.
For a Healthy, Active Life
- 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 offer HEARTaware, a free, online heart disease risk assessment program to identify where and how you can make these adjustments. If found to be at risk, you have the option of an in-person visit with one of our heart experts. Our goal is to raise your awareness and reduce the risks of heart attacks and many other cardiovascular conditions.
Here’s how you can identify your risk of a heart attack or a stroke:
First, complete the online, seven-minute heart risk assessment. At the end of the free assessment, you can download a summary of your results and share them with your primary care physician, if you choose.
Based on your risk assessment, you can schedule any of the following more comprehensive screenings.
Preventative Cardiac Screening ($35)
This is a one-hour screening performed by a cardiac clinician that includes height, weight, blood pressure, abdominal waist measurement, complete fasting lipid profile and fasting blood sugar. A cardiac clinician will review the results during your personalized consult. They will also discuss diet, exercise and other lifestyle modifications, as well as review further need for testing, if necessary.
Calcium Scoring Package ($50)
This test uses a special X-ray called computed tomography (CT) to detect calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. It is a non-invasive test performed in the Radiology Department that takes approximately five to 10 minutes to complete. A score of zero means that no calcium has been detected and indicates a low-risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), while a higher score is associated with a greater risk for CAD. A cardiologist will read the results and a cardiac nurse will follow up with a phone call. A copy of the results will also be mailed to your home and be sent to your primary care physician. *Please note that a calcium scoring test requires an order in the state of Kansas. Your primary care physician can either write an order for you, or you can receive an order from a cardiology nurse practitioner during the preventative cardiac screening.
Peripheral Vascular Package ($79)
This is a limited screening of the carotid arteries in your neck and the abdominal aorta. The screening also includes an Ankle Brachial Index. The ultrasound portion of the screening is a test that utilizes sound waves to create detailed images of blood flow through the vessels, which can detect narrowing, blockages or bulging due to weakness or damage to the vessel wall. The ABI portion of the screening is an exam that compares blood pressures taken in your arms to the blood pressures in your legs. An abnormal ratio indicates a restriction of blood flow.
To participate, please complete the heart risk assessment and then schedule your screening by calling 913-676-2505. You also have the option to participate in all three screenings for $99.
*Please note that participants are encouraged to complete the online heart risk assessment prior to registering for any of the above screenings. Please bring your results with you to the screening.
- 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
- Holter Monitoring
- Stress Testing
- Tilt Table Testing
- Transesophageal Echocardiography
- 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
- Biventricular Synchronizations
- Cardioseal Closure Device for Patent Foraman Ovale (PFO)
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Potential Risk Factors
- 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.
Find Heart and Vascular Care at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission
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.