Welcome to Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital’s Heart Hospital, a trusted, experienced and compassionate heart team that is nationally recognized for fast, responsive emergency heart care.
Our doctors and health care teams are leaders in cardiovascular treatment, distinguished not only by their skill, experience, and knowledge, but also by their ability to help heart patients return to active, productive lives. Our emergency chest pain center, located just inside the doors of the Mercy Emergency Department, contains a fully functional cardiac catheterization lab, enabling us to provide life-saving angioplasty for heart attack patients in as little as five minutes after arrival.
Offering Cardiac 24/7 Care for Existing Patients
Our heart patients can access care any time of the day or night with Cardiac 24/7. If you or someone you love is an existing patient and experiencing new symptoms, don’t wait until the next appointment. Call 234.203.3535.
The Heart Hospital at Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital offers comprehensive heart care services close to home for our patients and their families.
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Mercy Hospital’s Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC), with its state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and catheterization labs, offers you fast, responsive emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Mercy’s nationally-recognized heart center team of experienced doctors, nurses and technicians meets the ambulance and the patient at the door.
Mercy Hospital was the first hospital in the nation to have a heart catheterization lab located directly in the emergency department, resulting in world-record times for heart attack treatment. Mercy Hospital was also the first in northeast Ohio to receive a full, three-year Cycle II accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary interventions), or angioplasty, from The American College of Cardiology.
Cardiac Catheterization Labs
At Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital’s Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC), we provide a fully functional cardiac catheterization lab just a few steps away from our emergency department doors. We can stop a heart attack in record time. We work closely with area paramedics to prepare for patient arrival. When heart attack patients are brought to our ECPC, they are admitted directly to the emergency department catheterization lab for the procedure to begin.
The Heart Hospital at Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital is home to skilled, compassionate surgeons leading the way in cardiac care. Mercy Hospital has helped pioneer some of the nation’s most innovative heart procedures, including robotic, minimally invasive, standard heart surgery and TAVR.
Heart Failure Center
The Heart Hospital at Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital was the first in Ohio and the second in the nation to be named an accredited Heart Failure Institute by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium. The accreditation of Heart Failure Center indicates that the hospital is proficient in managing this disease, placing emphasis on both quantity and quality of life across the entire continuum of care. Examples of innovative, proactive heart failure initiatives at Mercy include remote heart failure monitoring and rapid 24/7 access to clinical data for heart failure patients.
Heart Arrhythmia Center (Electrophysiology Lab)
Mercy Hospital’s Heart Arrhythmia Center offers a variety of advanced diagnostic and treatment options for life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and troublesome atrial arrhythmias. The electrophysiology and pace-making laboratory suite features the latest recording technology and fluoroscopic X-ray equipment, the Heart Arrhythmia Center is ideally equipped for comprehensive diagnostic studies and the most advanced therapeutic interventions.
One of the area’s most established programs, Mercy Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has helped patients and their families with both physical and psychological recovery from heart disease. Cardiac Rehabilitation provides a safe, supervised program of exercise and education in a medical setting, with immediate access to emergency care. The program is specially designed and individually adapted to help patients with cardiac disorders resume active and productive lives. Learn more.
The knowledgeable, experienced heart doctors at Mercy Hospital’s Cardiovascular Institute (MCI) provide exceptional heart care. As part of our Heart Hospital, a nationally recognized treatment team and facility, our highly trained physicians can offer you today’s most advanced cardiovascular care. Ahmed Sabe, MD, interventional cardiologist, is the president of MCI and the executive director of our Heart Hospital.
- Jennifer Cummings, MD, Cardiac Electrophysiologist
- Steven Hirsch, MD, Interventional Cardiologist
- Simonette Jones, MD, Non-invasive Cardiologist
- Serrie C. Lico, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon
- Nagapradeep Nagajothi MD, Interventional Cardiologist
- Dilip Patel, MD, Interventional Cardiologist
- John W. Perry, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon
- Lakshmi N. Potakamuri MD, Invasive Cardiologist
- Ahmed Sabe, MD, Interventional Cardiologist
- Makilzhan Shanmugam, MD, Non-invasive Cardiologist
- Brian E. Simmons, MD, Non-invasive Cardiologist
To make an appointment with a heart specialist, please call 330.588.4676, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
New and existing patients can request a MCI appointment with a Mercy Hospital Cardiovascular Institute heart doctor or other provider by calling 330.588.4676.
Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital
Mercy Cardiovascular Institute
Mercy Medical Office Building, Suite 101
1330 Mercy Drive NW
Canton, Ohio 44708
Mercy Hospital’s Non-Invasive Heart Diagnostics uses state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures to evaluate patients’ cardiac status. These non-invasive procedures include:
- 3-D Echo Imaging
- Color-Flow Doppler Echocardiography
- Exercise Echo
- Exercise Thallium
- Cardiolite and Dobutamine Stress Testing
- Holter Monitoring
In addition, we offer cardiac diagnostics testing at several health center locations, including:
Heart testing at our health centers include:
- Holter Monitors - 24 and 48 hour
- Event Monitors - 30 day
- Electrocardiograms (EKG)
- Cardiac Stress Testing - Exercise and Pharmacological
- Echocardiograms - Resting, Exercise and Pharmacological
One of the area’s most programs, Mercy Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program helps patients and their families with both physical and psychological recovery from heart disease.
Cardiac Rehabilitation provides a safe, supervised program of exercise and education in a medical setting, with immediate access to emergency care. The program is specially designed and individually adapted to help patients with the following cardiac disorders resume active and productive lives:
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Open heart surgery (coronary artery bypass)
- Congestive heart failure
- PTCA (percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty)
- Elevated coronary risk factors (cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, stress, etc.)
A Program Designed for Your Recovery
Cardiac Rehab is designed to improve your recovery from heart disease with education and activities to help you:
- Reduce the potential for further heart disease
- Recognize the signs of heart disease and when to seek medical attention
- Begin a monitored exercise program appropriate to your condition
- Understand your heart medications
- Prepare you to return to work (if appropriate)
The program’s psychological benefits are matched by impressive statistics for physical health, including:
- 20-25 percent reduction in death during the first year after a heart attack
- 62 percent reduction in need for re-admission to hospital after one year
- 40 percent reduction in hospital admissions
- Fewer visits to the emergency room
- Lower medication expenses
- Improved ability to return to work
- Improved symptoms in patients with angina and congestive heart failure
- Improved exercise tolerance
- 25 percent reduction in smoking
In addition to the standard exercise equipment used in the fight against heart disease – treadmills, stationary bikes, stair climbers, rowing machines and weight machines – an impressive array of health professionals add their expertise to our Cardiac Rehab Program. These physicians, registered nurses, registered dietitians, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and psychologists are on hand to help as needed in the rehabilitation of every patient. For patients’ safety, trained trauma care physicians and staff are on-site in case of an emergency.
Four Steps to Better Health
Our Cardiac Rehab Program is a four-phase program. Promoting stability through activity and education, Phase 1 begins and ends when you’re in the hospital. Phase 1 concentrates on learning about cardiac risk factors and beginning low-intensity exercise. Education is offered for both the family and the patient explaining what the patient should and should not do. Patients are encouraged to begin walking and moving around.
After you return home from the hospital, Phase 2 begins. Three times each week, Phase 2 patients return to the hospital as outpatients. They are given an exercise program and are closely monitored by nurses as they exercise. Phase 2 also includes weekly education for both patient and family on cardiac risks, including diet, stress management, exercise, and taking proper medications.
Graduates of Phase 2 enter the Phase 3 program – maintenance exercise program – held at Cleveland Clinic Urgent & Outpatient Care, North Canton. It is more independent, but still provides the supervision and safety appropriate for patients recovering from heart disease. During a gradual progression towards increased independence, patients’ progress is still monitored, with periodic checks of blood pressure and EKG.
Some patients even progress to one further step – Phase 4, an advanced maintenance program very much like a regular fitness program for patients whose medical condition allows for more independence. Phase 4 patients have the support and supervision of a trained fitness specialist to guide them through their fitness activities. There is no end point to this fitness program – patients can remain in Phase 4 indefinitely.
Do Something NOW
At our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, we encourage patients of all ages to take proactive measures to benefit their health at the first warning signs of heart-related health risks. While many rehabilitation patients have experienced a heart attack or open-heart surgery, others have heart-related symptoms, such as angina and high cholesterol.
But after getting started, most find another reason to stay in the program: They love it. That’s because Mercy Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is more than a supervised exercise/health regime. It’s also fun, providing rehabilitation patients with the chance to socialize with others of their own age group and health circumstances. Often, the program’s psychological benefits are just as important as the physical benefits it offers.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Locations
Phase 1 & 2
1320 Mercy Drive NW
Canton, Ohio 44708
Phase 3 & 4
North Canton Urgent and Outpatient Care
6200 Whipple Avenue NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720
The TAVR heart procedure (transcatheter aortic valve replacement), also called TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation), is a minimally invasive aortic stenosis treatment. During this procedure, a heart doctor replaces a patient’s damaged aortic valve using a fully collapsible replacement valve delivered via catheter. The new valve pushes the old one out of the way and begins regulating blood flow.
At Mercy Hospital, our goal is to help patients achieve the quality of life they deserve. Every case that may potentially benefit from a TAVR procedure undergoes a careful review by our comprehensive, long-standing team of interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and technologists to ensure appropriate care and to assess TAVI risks, prognosis, and recovery.
What Sets Mercy’s TAVR / TAVI Program Apart
When replacing heart valves, you can’t replace experience. With a long history of excellence in minimally invasive heart valve replacements, The Heart Hospital at Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital has been offering transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for moderate to critical / severe aortic stenosis since 2015.
Our program performs TAVR without general anesthesia, allowing us to expand our care to include certain high-risk patients who may not be eligible for TAVR elsewhere, such as those with underlying conditions or other risk factors:
- Co-morbidities like congestive heart failure and severe COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder)
- Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
- Chronic atrial fibrillation
- Cancer in remission
That’s because TAVR itself—a non-surgical, minimally invasive catheter procedure developed for those at high risk for standard open-heart surgery with sternotomy—normally requires general anesthesia. Patients, including those who’ve had a previous aortic valve replacement, may qualify as a TAVR candidate at Mercy if standard heart valve replacement risks are significant or they have been turned down for TAVR with general anesthesia. In many cases, this procedure allows for same-day discharge. Of those who can’t be released same day, most go home within 24 hours.
Is TAVR surgery?
No. TAVR is a catheter valve replacement procedure and differs significantly from standard aortic valve replacement, which is an open-heart surgery procedure with sternotomy (chest is opened). With TAVR, a cardiologist or surgeon can access a patient’s aortic valve through the femoral artery in the groin, a large artery in the chest, or the tip of the left ventricle using a catheter and very small incisions. All chest bones remain in place.
What are the benefits of aortic valve replacement with TAVR?
Recovery time following TAVR is usually faster than a standard aortic valve replacement. Mercy Hospital was the first in Ohio to perform a TAVR with same-day discharge. The length of stay for most of our TAVR patients is 24 hours. Other benefits may include reduced infection risk and less trauma to the chest and heart muscle tissue.
Can I choose TAVR instead of open-heart surgery?
Many factors must be considered with a heart valve replacement, including best possible outcome, quality of life, age, health history, aortic stenosis severity, and more. Request an appointment with a cardiologist or surgeon at our Heart Hospital.