You’ll find the region’s largest and most comprehensive heart program, from prevention and diagnosis to treatment, surgery and rehabilitation at St. Mary's Heart & Vascular Center. The Essentia Health St. Mary's-Heart & Vascular Center was in the top 25 Cardiac Care Centers designated by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.
A world-class team of 24 cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons work together with nurse practitioners and physician assistants to provide highly specialized heart and vascular care.
We combine the experience of our highly skilled medical and professional staff with first-rate facilities and the latest technology and equipment. And statistics show our approach works. We exceed national statistics of The Joint Commission in patient care and outcomes in areas such as mortality for myocardial infarction patients, care and treatment of heart failure patients and coronary artery bypass surgery.
Essentia Health St. Mary's-Heart & Vascular Center offers three clinics:
- The Cardiology Clinic, to identify and treat cardiovascular disease patients with diagnostic and interventional services.
- The Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic provides the region’s most comprehensive program for all surgeries of the chest cavity.This service is offered in Essentia Health Duluth Clinic's 3rd street building, 4th floor.
- The Vascular Surgery clinic team treats patients with vascular disease with minimally invasive procedures, open surgeries and combined procedures. This service is offered in Essentia Health's Duluth Clinic's 3rd street building, 4th floor.
Our physicians also are leaders in clinical research, providing patients the chance to be among the first to try new treatments.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Essentia Health St. Mary's-Heart & Vascular Center (Duluth)
400 East 3rd Street
Duluth, MN 55805
Our cardiology team is a leader in creating patient-centered cardiac care, maintenance and rehabilitation programs that improve the quality of life for thousands of patients with all types of heart-related illnesses each year.
+ Atrial fibrillation program
Atrial fibrillation is the most common atrial arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). It is estimated that 2.2 million Americans have atrial fibrillation. While some people with atrial fibrillation don’t know they have it, others may experience symptoms such as an irregular heartbeat, a fast heartbeat, or a pounding or fluttering sensation in the chest. Atrial fibrillation is usually not life threatening. However, it's important to understand any unique risks atrial fibrillation presents as well as options for managing the condition and its symptoms. The Essentia Health Atrial Fibrillation Program is designed to help decrease the level of symptoms, improve quality of life, identify treatment options, treating potential complications associated with atrial fibrillation and provide detailed education to patients and their families.
+ Chest Pain Program
The Essentia Health St. Mary's-Heart & Vascular Center's Chest Pain Program provides chest pain and cardiac evaluations for emergency room patients. Thousands of patients come to the emergency room each year with chest pain. The cause can be anything from indigestion to a dangerous heart condition. The Chest Pain Program puts patients on a quick track to diagnosis.
Patients who arrive in the emergency department with chest pain are promptly identified and transferred to the program that is a dedicated unit for the assessment and observation of chest pain. Patients are evaluated, cardiac risk factors are discussed and appropriate tests are conducted. A healthcare provider promptly reviews testing results.
+ Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) Program
Your heart is a muscular pump about the size of your fist. When it contracts (squeezes), blood is pushed out of its chambers and into your body. This phase is called systole. Blood from your body returns to your heart during the resting phase, called diastole.
In order to pump well, your heart needs a supply of oxygen-rich blood. The coronary arteries supply this blood to the heart. If one or more arteries are blocked, your body may respond by forming new pathways called collaterals. Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) is a treatment that helps your body create new pathways. EECP is a machine that consists of cuffs around the legs, thighs and hips inflating in rhythm with the heart beat.
+ Heart Failure Program
Participants in Essentia Health's Heart Failure Program focus on the daily management of the disease so they can lead normal lives. For some patients, progress is supervised through a unique home telemonitoring system that allows for prompt adjustment of medications and treatment plans. Successful management of heart failure usually includes taking medication, eating a proper diet and getting regular exercise. When patients begin the program, they make frequent visits to the St. Mary's Heart & Vascular Center to see nurses and other members of their care team. As their conditions becomes more stable, they will make fewer visits, and a registered nurse will stay in regular phone contact with them to monitor their condition. Throughout the process, the Heart Failure Program team will coordinate the care with participants primary care doctor and provide frequent communication about the progress of treatment. Patients are taught which symptoms to watch for to help avoid problems that would cause emergency room visits or hospitalization. On average, patients experience an 80 percent decrease in hospitalization and visits to the emergency room during their first year in the Heart Failure Program. While the national average for repeat hospitalizations within six months of diagnosis is 40 to 50 percent, our patients’ rate is only 3 to 4 percent. Our renowned Heart Failure Program is an example of innovation in cardiology care, providing the most current and advanced medical therapies available for the care and management of heart failure.
+ Pacemaker Device Clinic
The Pacemaker Device Clinic follows 2,000 pacemaker patients and 1,500 defibrillator patients each year through our regional outreach sites as well as our downtown Duluth medical campus.
Patients benefit from convenient access to expert monitoring services, which ensures early detection and treatment of potential problems and implant management issues.
To make it easier for patients, we offer remote monitoring from their homes. Patients can transmit ECG data from their pacemakers right from their home phones. We offer similar monitoring for our patients with defibrillators.
+ Rapid Heart Attack Care (STEMI)
The American Heart Association reports that each year nearly 400,000 people experience what’s called an ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) -- the deadliest type of heart attack, A STEMI is a severe heart attack caused by a prolonged period of blocked blood supply that affects heart muscle. These attacks carry a substantial risk of death and disability and call for a quick response by many individuals and emergency systems.
Unfortunately, a significant number of people (up to one-third) who experience a STEMI do not receive prompt reperfusion therapy to open the blocked heart artery. Reperfusion therapy may include clot-dissolving drugs (thrombolysis), balloon angioplasty, or bypass surgery. Angioplasty is the preferred method to open blocked arteries when performed quickly.
Only 10 percent of hospitals in the nation are equipped with capabilities for both angioplasty and on-site cardiac surgical support, according to the National Registry of Myocardial Infarction. Essentia Health - St. Mary’s Medical Center is one of these facilities. St. Mary's Heart & Vascular Center has partnered with regional hospitals and emergency medical services providers to coordinate the rapid transport of STEMI patients to Essentia Health - St. Mary’s Medical Center for angioplasty treatment in our Cath Lab.
+ Tobacco-free Services
Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. The benefits of quitting start within hours of your last cigarette, and continue for the rest of your life. Our Tobacco-Free Services staff know it's hard to quit and they're here to help you every step of the way.
Our services are based on scientific knowledge and the personal experience of thousands who have successfully quit before you. The plan will give you plenty of helpful and easy-to-understand information. Experts will advise you with tips and tricks that have worked for others.
Most important, we'll work with you to set up a plan designed just for you. A personalized plan increases your chance of success. So does the great support you get from other folks who are going through the same thing at the same time. Think how great it will feel to tell everybody you've quit and you're on the road to better health.
For more information, call (218) 786-2677.
+ Wellness Program
Our Heart and Vascular Wellness program helps men and women age 18 and older identify and lower their risks for developing heart and vascular disease, including heart attack or stroke.
We offer comprehensive risk factor screenings and provide in-depth personalized education. We help you identify the healthy changes that are important to you and then offer ongoing support and close follow-up to help you achieve your goals.
You'll be cared for by a highly trained healthcare team specializing in heart and vascular disease prevention. You have the opportunity to work with expert dietitians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, wellness coaches, pharmacists, tobacco cessation counselors, and more.
While prevention is the best medicine, this program also helps those who have heart or vascular disease make healthy lifestyle changes. Having just two or more of these risk factors increases your chances of having heart or vascular disease:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Tobacco use
- Metabolic syndrome
- Overweight or obesity
- Lack of regular physical activity
- Lack of enough fruits and vegetables, or too much saturated fat and calories in the diet
- Depression and/or stress
- Age: Older than age 45 for men and older than 55 for women
- Family history of heart disease in a first-degree relative (parent, sibling) who was younger than 55 years old (men) or 65 years old (women)
To make an appointment with the Heart and Vascular Wellness Program, call (218) 786-4181.
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