In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HSHS continues to add to our staffing float pool to ensure we are prepared and ready to treat a potential surge in patients with COVID-19. As a member of the Staffing Float Pool Team, you will provide ad hoc assistance in a clinical capacity as needed at your designated HSHS facility. We’re looking for the following temporary – per diem/PRN positions: RNs and CNAs

Cardiovascular Screening

Chest Pain Center

Critical Decision Treatment Unit (CDTU)

Heart Calcium Scoring

Only $100.00.

Micra® Pacemaker

Inpatient Services

  • Cardiac catheterization patients receive care in the Outpatient Nursing Center.

  • >80% of our angioplasty stent patients are outpatient ambulatory patients. Some angioplasty, all STEMI and all acute coronary patients have an overnight stay.

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome patients receive care in both the ICU and the medical floor.

  • Multi-disciplinary approach to recovery includes Cardiac Rehabilitation, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Social Services and General Medical departments of the hospital.

Outpatient Services


The Cardiac/Vascular Rehabilitation Department works with patients to educate and reinforce healthy lifestyles, and to provide a central location for them to follow their rehab programs.

  • After discharge from any area medical facility, patients with a physician referral can utilize the department for supervised exercise, education and support during their rehabilitation.

  • Patients with arterial disease outside of the heart can be referred to the department for a more systematic approach to exercise, based on specific protocols and education.

  • Pulmonary Rehab program offers slow-moving exercise and education designed for patients with lung conditions.

Cardiac Diagnostic Capabilities


HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center offers a wide range of advanced technology to provide physicians with the tools they need to make fast and accurate diagnoses.

Catheterization Lab


HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center's state-of-the-art cardiac catherization lab opened in 1999 and has become a highly-utilized facility. Over 20,000 procedures have been performed since opening in 1999. In addition, elective and emergency angioplasties have been offered to the public since early in 2001, and pacemaker implants are common procedures.

Heart Care Tools 


Calcium scoring

It's a powerful way to spot the early stages of heart disease while there's still time to stop it. Heart calcium scoring can detect years of plaque buildup long before you have symptoms of heart disease. Learn more about heart calcium scoring.

Nuclear medicine

Usually coordinated with stress testing, this heavily utilized cardiac tool provides imaging of the functioning heart. Generally one of the first diagnostic tools used for patients with chest pain, or episodes of dizziness or shortness of breath, it may provide an indication of the need for interventional work.

Stress testing

Often utilized in tandem with other tests, this physical exertion of the heart provides physicians with more of the information they need for diagnosing cardiac issues. For those patients unable to physically increase their energy output for testing purposes, pharmacological agents can be used to produce the same effect.


This noninvasive tool uses ultrasound technology to view the heart and the blood flow through its chambers. Additional testing capabilities are available in combination with other technologies.

Additional tools

Patients who experience occasional period of irregular heartbeats can be fitted with a portable monitor that can be worn home in an attempt to capture an episode on an EKG graph.

Symptoms of Heart Attack in Women


Heart attack symptoms in women do not present the same as they do in men - and they aren’t always obvious. For example, not all women experience chest pain or discomfort. Sometimes, the only symptoms present are shortness of breath, nausea, shoulder pain, weakness and fatigue. Many women may just experience a cold sweat and dizziness.

However, some of the more “classic” symptoms can be experienced by both men and women:

• Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back

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

• Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort

• Lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea

• A feeling of indigestion

Women can also experience these symptoms:

  • Unusual chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain

  • Vomiting or dizziness

  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue

  • Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness

These variations in symptoms are why heart attacks can be difficult to diagnose in women. If you think you may be having a heart attack, don’t dismiss your instincts. Seek prompt medical attention!