She thought it was the chicken she had eaten at her family’s reunion — a little indigestion, perhaps. It turned out to be a 90% blockage of her right coronary artery that dramatically reduced blood flow to her heart.
In the ambulance on the way to St. Cloud Hospital, she remained surprisingly calm, with an abundance of faith in her physician. Her physician also had faith, and he wondered if she’d like to pray before surgery.
“When he asked if I was a woman of faith, I knew I was going to be all right. And a successful angioplasty proved it.”
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We’re a national leader in cardiac care. And here’s how we’ll continue moving forward.
The CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center is here for one reason: to make sure things keep ticking right along.
We do this through the early detection and control of cardiac disease, and by providing excellent care from outstanding physicians in exceptional facilities.
We do that by relentlessly pursuing what’s next and what’s best in heart care. This best-practices approach attracts the highest-caliber staff and has led to recognition as one of the first heart hospitals in the state and repeated designations as one of the nation’s 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals.
Your generosity helped us get here. Your support will help us lead the region into the next century of cardiac care.
Your gift will:
- Purchase new equipment and expand technologies, including the latest monitoring systems
- Improve outcomes and ensure a superior patient experience
- Support programs such as the Heart Failure Management Program
- Develop family-centered areas that offer privacy and places to rest
- Provide training in the areas of research, equipment and procedures
Help provide the most immediate and most advanced cardiac care in the region — from stents and bypass surgeries to innovations at the forefront of research and technology. Overall survival rates for out-of-hosipital cardiac arrests have increased from nine to 17.5 percent since 2005. Overall survival rates for in-hospital cardiac arrests have increased from 18 to 39 percent.
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