Medical Services

Heart and Vascular Care


Mercy Iowa City is one of only four hospitals in Iowa to receive the Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry's ACTION Registry in 2018, and did this for the 8th consecutive year. “This award is yet another example of our outstanding quality patient care at Mercy Iowa City,” said Sean Williams, President and CEO. “I would like to thank our Mercy Cardiovascular providers and colleagues for their continued commitment to high quality care for our patients.” 

Mercy is recognized as a Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital and recently integrated with Iowa Heart Center to create a premier cardiovascular center named Iowa Heart Center – Iowa City.

Mercy has been recognized for achievement in Get With the Guidelines—Stroke, a program created by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to help hospitals consistently follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for treating stroke patients. Mercy has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.

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Mercy has the only certified chest pain center in Johnson County.
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Mercy has received the American Heart Association's "Get with the Guidelines" Platinum Award for the past five years.

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Cardiac Catheterization

Mercy's cardiac catheterization program is state-of-the-art. In the cardiac cath facility, diagnosis and treatment for heart and vascular conditions is provided. Mercy's facility uses some of the best imaging equipment available in the world. Current practice includes the latest innovations in percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, coronary stenting, and rotational atherectomy.

Advanced interventional radiology techniques are also available in the cardiac cath facility. These include diagnosis and intervention for arterial occlusive disease, embolism, cardiovascular aorta repair, and more.

Most cardiac cath lab procedures are done on an outpatient basis. The area is conveniently located for admission and discharge.

Emergency Care
For some people, heart care begins when they arrive in the emergency room with an episode of chest pain. At Mercy, the Emergency Care Unit is an integral part of heart and vascular care, and is staffed 24 hours a day by doctors and registered nurses. What's more, the unit's "protocol" for caring for a chest pain patient is faster than the national average. That means when minutes count, heart patients are evaluated quickly and receive the care they need-whether that means cardiac catheterization or another procedure. Warning signs of a heart attack.

Inpatient Care
Heart and vascular patients may be cared for in Intensive Care or Telemetry, depending on their situation.

Mercy's Intensive Care Unit provides a low nurse-to-patient ratio and patients are monitored constantly. The unit has 18 beds and is located on the main level of the hospital. In this large and family-friendly unit, all patients have an outside window. In addition to comfortable waiting areas, a sun porch is available.

Mercy's Telemetry Unit provides cardiac monitoring for patients with heart or respiratory conditions, as well as other diagnoses. With wireless equipment, patients can be monitored in comfort whether they are in their room or taking a walk in the hall. Heart patients often "step down" from Intensive Care to Telemetry after a heart attack or heart surgery. Telemetry has 34 beds and is located on the fifth floor of the hospital.

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation is offered in three phases to heart patients, with individuals progressing through the phases as their health improves. Inpatients receive phase 1, while outpatients receive phases 2 and 3. Cardiac rehabilitation includes exercise (monitored as needed) and education. Education topics such as diet, risk factors, and lifestyle changes are covered.

Support and Education
A monthly cardiac support group provides more education and social opportunities for heart patients and their families. It typically meets on the third Monday of each month (except during the summer). A heart healthy luncheon (available for $5) begins at 11:30 a.m., and a free presentation on heart health begins at 12 noon. Call Mercy On Call at 358-2767 for information about the next meeting.

If you would like to make an appointment with a Mercy provider, call Mercy On Call at 358-2767 or 800-358-2767, or Click here to find a Mercy provider.