We highlight some of the nation's top heart hospitals.

When it comes to your heart, there’s no messing around. In honor of American Heart Month, we chose to celebrate some of the finest cardiology facilities in America. Providing top-notch care and a world-class patient experience, these 7 outstanding cardiology hospitals—listed in no particular order—are the cream of the crop.

Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio
Survival rates, patient care and advanced technology make this heart hospital a standout.

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One of the largest cardiovascular and thoracic specialty groups worldwide, the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland has been named the number one heart program in America by U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Survey every year since 1995. The program has also received accolades from the American Heart Association, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.  It has gotten nods for patient survival rates, advanced technology, and patient services.

Beaumont Hospital; Royal Oak, Michigan 
Advanced technology and teaching techniques single out this hospital.

The busy Beaumont Heart and Vascular Center performs almost a half million procedures a year.  Its program has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the ECRI Institute, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Health Imaging & IT has also cited the hospital’s innovative use of a two-way communication system for telemetry monitoring—a continuous electrocardiogram (EKG) reading of a heart’s electric activity.  It is also the first heart program in the world to provide a live satellite transmission of an acute heart attack case and the first to show the usefulness of CT scanners in locating coronary blockages.  It has a heart center dedicated to women and the ability to broadcast training courses around the world.

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
A list of impressive firsts set this cardiac hospital apart.

Duke Cardiology, consistently named one of the top cardiology hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, has one of the largest cardiovascular programs in the country. Its databank contains the world’s oldest and largest collection of information about heart-care outcomes and serves as an information resource for many research programs. ACLS Training Center (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) named Duke cardiovascular specialist, Thomas Bashore, MD, one of the 10 most highly regarded heart doctors in the United States.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles 
Innovations and discoveries have created an international reputation for this heart hospital. 

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In the past two years, the Heart Institute at Cedars Sinai has performed the most heart transplants in the country.  Its cutting edge heart research includes the first cardiac stem cell clinical trial using stem cells from the patients themselves; heart valve repair and replacement; and a quest to identify people most likely to experience sudden cardiac arrest.  The cardiac program has also been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best in the country.

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 
This 100-year-old program with its range of care and advanced technology places high on our list.

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Three hundred heart specialists comprise Mayo Clinic’s heart program, recognized by U.S. New & World Report as one of America’s top heart hospitals. The program, which treats about 55,000 patients each year for more than 120 heart conditions, is notable for its patient survival rate, its high ratio of cardiac nurses to patients and its advanced technologies.  Its Women’s Heart Clinic is dedicated to lowering  heart disease’s rank as the number one killer of women.

New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York, NY
Technology and patient services fuel this hospital’s Preventive Cardiology Program, making it one of our top picks.

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New York-Presbyterian Hospital has performed more heart transplants than any other hospital in the United States. The hospital, which houses three dedicated heart centers, successfully treats some of the highest risk heart cases in the world.  The program is noted for its advanced technology, particularly in cardiac intensive care and transplant services; its nurse to patient ratio; and its patient services such as cardiac rehabilitation and hospice.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
Northwestern’s array of cardiac care makes its program a winner.

The number one heart hospital in Illinois for six years, the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern has six clinical centers of care addressing prevention and treatment of heart and vascular disease.  Its work and investigations of new technologies, drugs, techniques and devices has won the accolades of U.S. News & World Report and Blue Cross Blue Shield for its low death rates, its high number of procedures and its balance of nurses to patients.

This article originally appeared as on Spry Living