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"When I left Mayo, it seemed like a pretty grim prognosis."

Rebecca Schrivener

When you are diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, your heart health may be the least of your concerns. But as Rebecca Schrivener learned, some of the most effective therapies used to treat and manage aggressive breast cancer damage the heart. Learn how cancer doctors and cardiologists at The University of Kansas Health System collaborated to control her cancer while maintaining her heart health. Read Rebecca's story.

What Sets Us Apart

We know you have options when it comes to finding the best care for heart disease in Kansas City. As the region's premier academic medical center, The University of Kansas Health System is among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for heart care. Our team of leading physicians pioneer breakthrough treatments before they are available elsewhere. Our expert staff, advanced technologies, modern facilities and unique programs ensure you receive only the best, most effective care available.

Our cardiac care team approaches heart care with compassion, innovation and integrity. Discover why we have been ranked since 2007 among the nation's best. To make an appointment with a cardiologist, call 913-588-1227. You can also request your appointment online. The University of Kansas Health System provides innovative treatments for people in Kansas City with heart disease.

Our priority: People first

Maybe it's our Midwestern roots, but our priority is always people first. That means we care for you as a whole person, not a disease, and recommend only those treatments or procedures that will be most beneficial. Here, you are more than a patient – you are a partner in your healthcare. Your relationship with your heart care physicians and nurses doesn't end after you leave our facility. Through continuous care, you'll be supported, guided and empowered from your first visit to your follow-up appointments.

Care you can trust

Prioritizing your health means ensuring that you receive an accurate diagnosis, advanced treatment and continuous aftercare. That's why we've assembled a nationally recognized team of heart doctors and surgeons who are known for their expertise. Our cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons have more combined years of experience than any other heart care group in the region. They have developed new, minimally invasive procedures and surgeries that can reduce the need for complex surgery (although, they do that too). They are often the first in Kansas City to perform innovative new treatments for heart conditions such as:

  • Heart failure
  • Heart rhythm disorders
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart valve disease
  • Aortic aneurysms

Stronger together

Because we are an academic medical center, our patients benefit from collaboration among physicians. In addition to our renowned heart care physicians and surgeons, we have specialists in more than 200 fields. Their expertise may prove valuable in your diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

When a heart attack hits, come here first

People who come to The University of Kansas Health System during a heart attack are more likely to survive. Our survival rates far exceed the national average. In addition:

  • In all areas of heart attack care, we exceed the top 10% of hospitals nationally.
  • Our interventional specialists open blocked arteries faster than national standards.
  • Our patients experience fewer complications than the national average.
  • Although we take care of sicker patients, our mortality rate for heart attack patients is far better than the national standard.

Comprehensive Cardiac Center certification

The University of Kansas Health System is the first in the nation to receive Comprehensive Cardiac Center certification from The Joint Commission. This elite honor was developed to recognize hospitals that meet strict requirements across a range of standards, including patient care, hospital processes and patient outcomes, among others.

CCC certification reflects our commitment to providing the best care and highlights our comprehensive heart care services. It's one more way The University of Kansas Health System is leading the nation and putting patients first.

The University of Kansas Hospital's Cardiology & Heart Surgery program has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World ReportAwards and distinctions

The University of Kansas Health System is one of the nation's best heart hospitals, and the honors, awards and achievements we've earned show it. When you choose our hospital, you can take comfort knowing:

  • We were the first in the nation to receive Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification from The Joint Commission.

  • U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked our cardiology and heart surgery services among the nation's top 50 since 2007.

  • Our heart failure and transplant program has earned national recognition through the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® initiative, including:
    • The Gold Plus Achievement Award for Heart Failure
    • The Heart Failure Gold Plus and Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll

  • Patient satisfaction consistently ranks in the 99th percentile for our cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery programs.

  • Truven Health Analytics named us one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for two consecutive years.

  • Our cardiac surgery program earned a 3-star quality ranking, the highest possible, from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

  • We participate in a variety of clinical trials to improve prevention and treatment of heart disease.

  • Our partners at the University of Kansas Medical Center are known for innovative research in cardiology.

Modern facilities and equipment

Our facilities feature some of the most modern, innovative equipment available today. This ensures the safety of your care and allows you to experience the best of what technology has to offer.

  • At the Lynn H. Kindred, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Labs, we provide minimally invasive, catheter-based procedures for a number of cardiac conditions.

  • We also have hybrid suites that can accommodate both minimally invasive procedures as well as complex surgeries. This prevents patients from having to be moved to another room in the event of a medical emergency and ensures fast, immediate care.

  • Our surgeons use endoscopic cameras for minimally invasive procedures for enhanced visualization of internal organs. This results in more precise surgical techniques and allows them to adapt to changes in real time.