Known for its exceptional heart surgery program, Missouri Baptist Medical Center continually ranks among the very top hospitals for cardiac surgery in the nation, and is recognized nationally for its patient care, exceptional outcomes and its early adoption of innovative procedures and research.
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Missouri Baptist Medical Center is one of the highest volume cardiac surgery centers in Metro St. Louis. We have performed more than 19,000 cardiac surgeries since the program’s inception in 1984. More importantly, our cardiac surgery programs outcomes exceed national benchmarks.
At Missouri Baptist you are assigned a dedicated team of physicians and cardiac nurses who only care for cardiac and thoracic patients. The specialization of our team allows our staff to have an in-depth knowledge of cardiac diseases and treatments, which allows our team to treat the patient, not the condition.
Women are very different than men when it comes to heart disease. Not only do symptoms vary between men and women, heart disease kills more women than all types of cancer combined.
Heart disease remains the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. Heart disease generally affects men at a younger age, while women tend to have more heart issues after menopause.
Ask yourself these questions:
1. What areas of stress are affecting me?
2. Are symptoms occurring at home or work?
3. Am I overextending my time?
4. What can I change?
If experiencing chest pain, fatigue, irregular heartbeats or shortness of breath, don’t assume its stress. See your doctor.
A-fib is the most frequent cardiac arrhythmia and the leading cause of stroke among people over 65. During A-fib, the heart’s two small upper chambers (the atria) quiver rather than beat effectively, which may form in a blood clot and cause a stroke.
The relative risk of triggering a heart attack during sex is not increased among patients with heart disease as compared to the general population, and is further reduced by participating in regular exercise, like cardiac rehab. Always, talk with your doctor first.
With a stroke, time is critical. Eligible stroke patients may be given the clot-dissolving drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), which can reduce long-term disability if given within the window of time after stroke onset.
Colleen tells the story of how she recovered faster with Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery.