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Cardiac Care

Highly qualified cardiologists and cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons perform a broad scope of outpatient and inpatient procedures at Capital Region. Each cardiac diagnostic test and surgical procedure uses the most technologically advanced techniques and equipment available.

When it comes to matters of the heart, Capital Region Medical Center offers all the resources necessary to help you prevent a cardiac event. From access to nutrition and fitness at the Sam B. Cook Healthplex to convenient cholesterol screenings held twice a month, we are committed to giving the community the right tools to live healthy lifestyles.

Sometimes though, all the prevention in the world just isn't enough. That's why we have combined the sharpest minds trained in the latest techniques to keep your ticker, ticking. And with our affiliation with University of Missouri Healthcare residents of Jefferson City and the surrounding communities have access to academic caliber care located very close to home.

Those recovering from a cardiac event can do so in the communities very first Cardiac Rehabilitation program located within the Healthplex. Here, rehab nurses help patients regain their strength and independence, while closely monitoring their progress.

Contact Us

Capital Region Medical Center
1125 Madison Street
(573)632-5000

If you are experiencing Signs of a Heart Attack Call 911

When a heart attack occurs, there is a limited amount of time before significant and long-lasting damage is done to the muscle of your heart. If a large area of the heart is injured during the heart attack, full recovery becomes much more difficult. To obtain the greatest benefits of emergency care, anyone who thinks they are having a heart attack should get to the hospital within one hour of the onset of symptoms. The sooner you get to the emergency room, the sooner the appropriate treatment can begin, meaning the lesser the chances of permanent damage.

Signs of a Heart Attack911

  • Sudden chest pain or pressure (also called angina) that worsens. This may be felt as discomfort, heaviness, or pain. May also be felt in the back, jaw, throat, arm or below the breastbone.
  • Feeling as if a belt is being tightened around your chest
  • Pain that spreads from the center of the chest to your arms, shoulders, neck or jaw
  • Sweating
  • Feeling sick to your stomach, nausea, vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • A fullness, indigestion or choking feeling (may feel like "heartburn")
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeats
  • Extreme weakness, anxiety

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911. Emergency response personnel are trained to administer tests in the field to determine if you are having a heart attack. Physicians at the Capital Region Emergency Room can review EKG readings from the field and a cardiac team can be waiting for you upon arrival. Do not phone a friend first and please do not drive yourself, this puts you and other motorists at greater risk for injury or death.

When should I go to the Emergency Room vs. an Urgent Care Facility?
Frequently, patients seek the services of the hospital emergency department for ailments or injuries that could be treated more economically, and just as effectively, at an urgent care facility such as Capital Region's Edgewood Urgent Care or Downtown Urgent Care. It is not always easy to determine when you should choose urgent care over the hospital emergency department. The following lists offer some guidance, but are not necessarily all inclusive.

Emergency Department

  • Chest pain with shortness of breath and/or sweating
  • Serious or severe injuries
  • Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
  • Altered mental states
  • Seizure
  • Blacking out / unconsciousness
  • Digit or extremity amputation
  • Poison ingestion

Urgent Care Clinic

  • Any illness or injury that would prompt you to see your
    primary care physician
  • Laceration repair (minor cuts)
  • Infected ingrown toenails
  • Removal of foreign bodies from the eye
  • Treatment of minor burns
  • Earaches
  • Persistent coughs or colds
  • Persistent low-grade fever
  • Strains or sprains
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Skin rashes or irritations