Same compassionate heart care, new precautions

The skilled cardiologists and heart specialists at Ascension St. John are here with you when you need heart and vascular care. 

Ascension St. John

Specialty heart care close to home

In Oklahoma, our experienced cardiovascular specialists provide the care that is right for you. Your health shouldn't wait, even now. Ascension St. John doctors are now providing virtual (telehealth) visits so that you have more options for care. Call your Ascension St. John doctor first to discuss whether a virtual visit is an option for your care. If it's not, know that our promise is to keep you safe while you're receiving care from us. 

While certain things have been postponed, it’s important for you to talk with your doctor if you have been delaying care. Because delaying care may impact your health. Whether you're coming to us with a cardiac emergency, or we're monitoring and treating a chronic condition such as AFib, Ascension St. John heart doctors and care teams can help you plan when and how to get the care you need. Our heart care doctors start by listening to understand you. Then we're able to deliver the care that's right for you. With cardiologists and vascular specialists trained in the latest heart care testing, treatment and procedures, and as part of a national network, you have access to advanced heart care close to home.

Getting the right care at the right time is critical for your health. Find a doctor and ask if a virtual or telehealth visit is available for your first visit. 

Are you at risk for heart disease?

Healthy arteries are flexible and wide until the blood flow is blocked, making them stiff and narrow. This condition is called coronary artery disease (CAD).

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Having an irregular heartbeat can greatly increase a person’s risk for heart attack and stroke. Irregular heartbeat may be caused by many things, such as high blood pressure and sleep apnea. Other risk factors matter too.

If you have a family history of CAD or AFib, you may be at risk for heart disease.

About Ascension St. John

In Oklahoma, Ascension St. John operates six hospitals and more than 90 healthcare clinics and facilities in eastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. Ascension St. John employs approximately 8,000 associates. Across the region, Ascension St. John provided more than $68 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Oklahoma for more than 90 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more about Ascension.

How to get a second opinion for heart and vascular care

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Schedule a heart screening

Ascension St. John Heart and Vascular Center offers six different simple, non-invasive cardiac screening tests. Those include carotid artery evaluation, cardiac function evaluation, ankle/brachial index, baseline electrocardiogram (ECG), abdominal aorta evaluation, and cardiac calcium scoring. These tests can detect signs of heart disease before it's life threatening. 

Know the risk factors, make smart lifestyle choices, and make time for a simple screening that could help save your life. Ask your primary care doctor if it's time to have a heart scan.

Preparing for a heart scan

When having a heart screen, you should not consume caffeine or decaffeinated products, smoke, or consume chocolate at least 12 hours prior to the testing.

Make your appointment today by calling: 

918-744-3511 - Tulsa and surrounding communities
918-331-1598 - Bartlesville and surrounding communities 
918-744-0123 - Physician referral
**No physician referral necessary.

Heart scan results

After you get back your heart scan results, you should follow up with your primary care doctor or cardiologist.

Physician talking with a patient.

A heart scan is recommended if: 

  • You are over 40 years old - men and women.
  • You have no previous history of heart disease.
  • You have not had a heart screening in the last 5 years.
  • You have family history of heart attack or aneurysm.
  • You have diabetes, high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure.
  • You use tobacco.

Patient finds way to thank his heart surgeon
For Ed, a picture is truly worth a thousand words. Rather than stumble for the words to thank his cardiothoracic surgeon, Ed sends photos of himself doing his favorite activities, including fly fishing, golfing, and riding bicycles. 

Cardiologist was at hospital in a heartbeat
Tim is grateful for his heart care team at Ascension. On the night of his cardiac episode, his care team was right by his side, providing personalized, compassionate heart care.

Stories from the heart

***A heart scan is not for everyone. It is not recommended for routine screening of people who do not have symptoms of heart disease and have a low risk of heart attacks. Heart disease risk factors include hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use, family history of heart disease.***


Whether you’re dealing with a new diagnosis or deciding on a cardiac treatment plan, there’s a lot to think about when facing a serious cardiovascular health issue. If you’re looking for a second opinion, cardiologists at Ascension St. John are here for you.

We can help match you with the right cardiologist or heart and vascular specialist. Ask if a virtual or telehealth visit is available for your second opinion appointment. 

Before your appointment, you should check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered or required. Ascension can request your medical records from your doctor on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.

Get the care you need now. We are fully prepared for your safety when you're in our care.

Changing the way we provide care
Ascension is changing the way we provide care, but with the same compassionate care you've come to expect. 

Options for your care

Frequently asked questions

What services are provided by a cardiologist? 
From routine care to complex heart conditions, our heart doctors and care teams are here for you. They take the time to understand you and your health to provide heart care that’s right for you. Our total care approach uses a range of care options from preventive heart care to complex and advanced surgical techniques. Our doctors are also part of a national network of specialists, sharing best practices and advanced treatment options for more complex heart conditions. 

What heart conditions does a cardiologist treat? 
Our cardiovascular specialists diagnose and treat diseases of the heart. We work with you to make a personalized care plan that helps preserve your independence while helping to slow heart disease and prevent complications. Our heart doctors and care teams can help treat a range of conditions such as atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation, arrhythmias, congenital heart disease, coronary artery  disease, congestive heart failure , high blood cholesterol and triglycerides, and hypertension. 

What are symptoms of a heart attack? 
A heart attack doesn’t always start with severe chest pain. There may also be symptoms like shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea, or discomfort in the neck, jaw or arms. If you or a loved one is experiencing the warning signs of a heart attack, don’t wait to get emergency care. ERs at Ascension hospitals are open 24/7. 

Are there virtual options available for cardiologist appointments? 

Virtual (telehealth) visits may be appropriate for some of your visits with your cardiologist so that you get the care you need without leaving home. When you call to schedule, ask about the right option for your care.

Balancing care with caution

Compassionate care means safe care. At Ascension St. John, we are committed to keeping you and your family safe while you’re receiving care in our ERs, hospitals, clinics and facilities. We have strong safety precautions in place--such as limiting visitors, rearranging waiting rooms, making more online appointments available, treating patients who are ill at separate sites of care, and performing rigorous procedures to clean and disinfect. Don’t delay getting the care you need at this time. 

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Our facilities are currently taking precautions to help keep patients and visitors safe, which may include conducting screenings, restricting visitors and practicing distancing for compassionate, safe care. We continuously monitor COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and adjust our safety practices and safeguards accordingly.