cardiac care and surgery
St. Francis provides award-winning, comprehensive cardiac care, including:
24/7 Emergency treatment
Chest Pain Center
Three Cardiac Catheterization Labs
Cardiac Care Unit
Intensive Care with Specially-Trained Staff
- Use of special technology, including Impella heart pumps
Cardiac Monitoring offered throughout ST. FRANCIS downtown
Cardiac, Vascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
chest pain center
Located just steps away from the Emergency Room, the eight-bed Chest Pain Center allows those who arrive with chest pain to bypass the ER and be monitored and tested quickly. The Chest Pain Center is fully equipped with diagnostic equipment, and physicians and specially-trained staff perform non-invasive tests such as nuclear and echo stress tests, EKGs and blood chemistry tests to arrive at a rapid diagnosis.
If you are found to have heart problems, you will be admitted to the hospital and have access to St. Francis Heart Care. If tests show your chest pain is not caused by a heart condition, convenient touches abound. There is even a shower area so you can clean up and return to work immediately if you prefer.
cardiac care unitSt. Francis new eight-bed Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) is the latest milestone in St. Francis Heart Care. The new CCU was created to optimize clinical excellence and attention to the needs of the whole person. The result is a state-of-the-art, beautiful and convenient unit that improves our patients experiences.
The CCU is located near the Chest Pain Center, catheterization labs, operating rooms and telemetry unit to ensure smooth transport to and from procedures. Staffed by our efficient and highly-trained nursing staff, the unit is the first in the Upstate to use state-of-the-art, flexible medical arms over each patients bed instead of the traditional fixed head wall system. This overhead system allows caregivers to position the medical equipment in the best way to meet patient needs while offering convenient access to all members of the healthcare team.
Because St. Francis believes in healing the whole person, the CCU was created using design and materials that are shown to best promote healing. Touches like the abundant use of natural lighting, high ceilings and calming colors result is an environment that contributes in every aspect to the best patient-care delivery.
Patients' families also can enjoy beautiful new waiting areas and consultation rooms that are located on the same floor, close to their loved one. There is even a special elevator dedicated to the CCU that brings family and friends from the ground floor directly up into the CCU waiting area.
cardiac catheterization and heart surgeryFor many patients, treatment of serious heart concerns starts with a cardiac catheterization. St. Francis has three dedicated cardiac catheterization labs equipped with state-of-the-art technology that allows physicians to pinpoint problem areas and even treat them on the spot during the same procedure.
- A cardiac catheterization allows physicians to see arteries that may be narrowed or blocked, as well as open the narrow area using balloon angioplasty and placing stents to hold the arteries open.
- Patients with heart arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation may have cardiac ablation to treat irregular heartbeats.
- Patients who have arteries that are completely blocked often need a coronary bypass surgery.
impella heart pumpThe Impella heart pump is the world's smallest heart pump that can be inserted in the catheterization laboratory through a standard guide wire. It goes through the femoral artery, across the aortic valve and into the left ventricle of the heart. It pumps blood from the left ventricle into the ascending aorta and provides critical blood supply to vital organs. It temporarily takes over the pumping function of the heart and provides time needed to initiate lifesaving interventions. The Impella moves the blood through the heart and to the other organs 5 times faster than current industry devices. It relieves the heart and provides time and options in the middle of high-risk events. It allows the heart to rest and, in some cases, recover. Other similar types of cardiac support devices require cardiothoracic surgical placement through the chest, far more of a strain on the patient at a time of crisis. Because the device is catheter based, it is easier to insert. The Impella pump can be used for:
- Acute heart failure
- High-risk cardiovascular conditions
- Long-term treatment
- Bridge to transplantation