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Heart & Vascular Care | SSM Health Illinois

SSM Health Heart & Vascular Care

​​​​​​​ ​If you are having chest pain or other heart attack symptoms, call 911 immediately.


We all want long, healthy lives, and SSM Health in Illinois can help you get there. From disease prevention to advanced treat​ments, our cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons offer world-class cardiology services. In fact, Good Samaritan Hospital - Mt. Vernon is the only local hospital performing open-heart surgery.

Not only does SSM Health in Illinois provide you with one of Southern Illinois' largest heart programs, we are part of SSM Health and connected with advanced heart specialists​ in metro St. Louis. Cardiologists in both regions operate on the same electronic health record, which means you receive a safer and higher quality continuum of care. Discover the difference.


Meet our cardiologists
or call 1-888-257-6098 to find the physician for you​.



A Leading Heart Program in Southern Illinois

Good Samaritan Hospital - Mt. Vernon has the largest heart program in Southern Illinois outside of Carbondale. With STEMI protocols that result in fast, quality heart attack care, Good Samaritan Hospital is the regional heart center for emergency departments in the area.

In fact, at Good Samaritan Hospital - Mt. Vernon, we’re faster than the national standard in treatment of heart attacks by more than 20 minutes. That means heart attack patients have blocked arteries opened in less than 90 minutes, the national standard, from time of hospital arrival.

Learn about the benefits of our Coordinated Care Network.



Cardiology Services at St. Mary's Hospital & Good Samaritan Hospital 



Additional Services at Good Samaritan Hospital


Cardiovascular Surgery


  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Endovascular repair
  • Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Valves (minimally invasive keyhole surgery)
  • Vascular bypass including aneurysm
  • Vascular surgery

Catheterization / Interventions


  • Atherectomy
  • ASD/PFO closure
  • Carotid stenting
  • Coronary Stent
  • Diagnostic catheterization
  • Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR)
  • measurement
  • Interventional catheterization
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Peripheral vascular interventions
  • Renal stents - Subclavian Stents
  • Rotablator 

Electrophysiology


  • Biventricular pacemaker/ICD implantation
  • Cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implantation (including biventricular pacemaker defibrillators)
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • Cardioversion
  • Pacemaker​ implantation (including biventricular pacemakers)
  • Pacemaker and ICD programming
  • Internal and external cardioversion

Non-invasive Services


  • CT angiogram/scanning
  • Echocardiogram
  • Echocardiography (transthoracic,transesophageal)
  • ECP
  • EKG (electrocardiogram)
  • Holter monitoring (24 hour)
  • MUGA scan – in nuclear medicine
  • Nuclear medicine scans
  • Stress testing (nuclear and graded exercise echo)
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram
  • Transtelephonic event recorders
  • Vascular Doppler-duplex imaging
  • X-ray

Peripheral Procedures


  • Aortogram
  • Carotid stents
  • Lower extremity venogram
  • Diagnostic peripheral vascular
  • Peripheral PTA
  • Peripheral stents
  • Pulmonary angiogram
  • Renal anteriogram/STENT Subclavian Stents 
  • Vena cava angiogram
  • Other non-coronary angiograms

Inpatient Care


  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Cardiac rehabilitation (phase I)
  • Diabetes/nutrition counseling

Outpatient Care