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Our heart and valve team is committed to helping Missourians fight heart disease. Starting with prevention, through diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, we provide world-class care every step of the way. Learn more about our cardiovascular services.

Cardiovascular specialists at University of Missouri Health Care provide outstanding cardiac care to adult and pediatric patients in the state of Missouri. One of the premier teaching hospitals in the Midwest, University Hospital has a first-rate medical staff and state-of-the-art technology.

Coronary artery disease (also called CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. It's also the number one killer of both men and women in the United States.

Coronary artery disease happens when fatty deposits called plaque (say "plak") build up inside your coronary arteries. Those are the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to your heart. Plaque buildup reduces the amount of blood that gets to your heart. It can lead to chest pain or heart attack.

It's not always easy to tell if you're having problems with blood vessels in your heart and your body. You can't feel plaque building up in your arteries. That's a scary thought for anyone who is concerned about high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Plaque buildup can have long-term effects on your heart and blood flow. And it doesn't just affect your heart. Plaque buildup can happen in your leg arteries too. Our heart and valve specialists at University of Missouri Health Care can help you find what tests, lifestyle changes, and treatments are right for you.

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Heart-healthy lifestyle

You can help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy by taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle.

Learn more.

Cardiovascular Appointments

To schedule an appointment, contact:

Cardiovascular medicine:
573-88-HEART (573-884-3278)

Cardiothoracic surgery: 
573-882-6955

Vascular surgery: 
573-882-1308

Outreach Locations

Heart health teams, each including a cardiologist, cardiovascular nurse and an ultrasonographer from MU Health Care, conduct outpatient cardiology clinics across mid-Missouri. Communities with outreach clinics for heart health include Boonville, Fulton, Jefferson City, Macon and Marshall.

For an appointment, please call 573-882-8460.

Accredited Chest Pain Center

University Hospital’s speed and efficiency at treating patients with chest pain and heart attack symptoms has earned the hospital prestigious Cycle III accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

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