Cardiac Rehabilitation

Prairie Heart at HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital

Heart Procedures

Unique Surgical and Non-Surgical Heart Treatments

Signs of a Heart Attack


Recognizing the signs of a heart attack is the critical first step in receiving the timely, life-saving care you need. The include:

  • Pressure, burning, squeezing in the center of the chest

  • Discomfort in one or both arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, stomach or back

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fatigue

  • Cold sweat

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Weakness

  • Light headedness

St. Elizabeth's Hospital has been recognized for our excellence in heart care from numerous nationally organizations including:


•  Truven Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters),

•  American College of Cardiology Foundation

•  American Heart Association


An Accredited Chest Pain Center


St. Elizabeth’s Hospital received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.

Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital became the first healthcare facility in the St. Louis metropolitan area and 70th nationwide when it received Cycle I accreditation in October of 2004. The facility is in the process of obtaining Cycle V accreditation.

EHAC (Early Heart Attack Care)

Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois at St. Elizabeth's

St. Elizabeth's Hospital is committed to providing the best heart care possible to the people of this region. We partner with nationally-recognized Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois, a community-based network of hospitals and clinics offering the highest level of cardiovascular care. By working together, the hospital and PHI are able to develop and implement unique clinical and training programs for physicians and staff, educate patients on the importance of cardiac health while applying the newest procedures to save lives.

Prairie Heart at St. Elizabeth's combines advanced technology and innovative treatment with a caring tradition, providing quality healthcare close to home. The comprehensive services available to the region include a continuum of care through diagnostic testing such as stress tests, electrocardiograms, and diagnostic catheterization; emergency heart care; and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

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