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  • Overview
  • Heart Disease Facts
  • Better Breathers Support Group
  • Cardiology overview

    St. Francis partners with the Minneapolis Heart Institute® and Park Nicollet Health Services to provide comprehensive cardiovascular services to our patients with heart-related conditions close to home.

    Both are nationally recognized leaders in cardiac care. Services include invasive and noninvasive diagnostic testing, interventional and surgical treatment, education, community outreach, and preventive cardiology.

    For more information:

    Minneapolis Heart Institute
    1601 Medical Office Building

    Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center

    Cardiac Diagnostic Tests

    St. Francis Diagnostic Services can perform diagnostic tests for various heart conditions.

    Imaging professionals will perform and interpret all imaging procedures so you receive the most accurate diagnostic information possible. Our team of radiologists and technologists are all board-certified, and many hold advanced subspecialty certifications.

    Coronary Computed Tomography Angiogram (CCTA)
    Coronary Computed Tomography Angiogram (CCTA) is a noninvasive method for detecting blockages in the coronary arteries. CCTA scans take detailed images of blood vessels to show whether they have narrowed, aiding in the early detection of coronary artery disease. A CCTA uses advanced CT technology along with intravenous contrast dye to obtain high-resolution, 3D pictures of the moving heart and vessels. These images enable physicians to determine whether plaque or calcium deposits are present in the artery walls. The scans can be performed in less than one minute and are also called multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT), cardiac CT or cardiac CAT.

    Echocardiograms are heart ultrasounds that are useful to evaluate the structure and function of the heart and associated vessels. Heart ultrasounds provide moving pictures of your heart that allow your doctor to evaluate your heart's health. This ultrasound uses the same technology that allows doctors to see an unborn baby inside a pregnant mother.

    Zio Monitor
    Your doctor may prescribe a Zio Monitor to detect and diagnose irregular heart rhythms. The Zio monitor is a small, discreet, comfortable adhesive patch applied to your chest during an office visit, or it can be sent home for self-application. It is worn during your normal day-to-day activity, including while you sleep, shower, and exercise, all while it automatically records your heartbeat for analysis.

    After your prescribed length of time, the patch is removed from your skin and the recorded data is analyzed to generate a report, which will aid in detecting, diagnosing and treating patients with hearts that beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.

    To make an appointment for cardiac diagnostic services, call 952.428.2151. Learn more about diagnostic testing at

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    • Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States.

    • Every minute 1 person in America dies from a heart attack.

    • More Americans die of heart disease than all types of cancer combined.

    • 30 percent of men and women in the United States will experience a heart attack during their lives.

    • 45 percent of all heart attacks occur between the ages of 45 and 65.

    • For approximately 80 percent of people under age 65 in the United States who died from heart disease, it was their first heart attack.

    • More than 50 percent of those who die suddenly from heart disease had no previous symptoms.

  • Cardiology breathers club

    When: First Tuesday of the month from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
    Where: St. Francis Regional Medical Center Conference Center, free of charge.

    This is a support group offered in partnership with the American Lung Association in Minnesota and St. Francis Regional Medical Center. This free monthly support group will help you learn ways to manage your condition, and find your potential for a more active life.

    Better Breathers Club is a partnership for our patients by the American Lung Association in Minnesota and St. Francis Regional Medical Center.

    If you live with chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), lung cancer or others, join us for the Better Breathers Club, a free monthly support group for you, your family and friends.

    For more information, click here.

    Contact Us

    For more information, call 952.428.2377.