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About the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

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Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute is a recognized leader in cardiovascular care, with a rich history in clinical research and innovation.

We're proud of the contributions and accomplishments that have allowed us to improve the lives of many of our patients.

Accomplishments and Experience

As one of the first heart transplant centers in the United States, UPMC has made significant contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular medicine.

  • UPMC is ranked among America's best hospitals, by U.S. News & World Report, for heart care and heart surgery.
  • UPMC was the first hospital to successfully discharge a patient with a ventricular-assist device (VAD).
  • Our surgeons implanted one of the first left VADs into the heart cavity instead of in the abdomen — a less invasive surgery with a lower risk for bleeding and infection.
  • UPMC cardiac surgeons performed the first minimally invasive direct coronary bypass (MIDCAB) graft in the tristate (Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia) region.
  • Experts in our Division of Vascular Surgery specialize in minimally invasive procedures, which many of our faculty helped to pioneer for the treatment of the entire vascular system.
  • UPMC's Cardiac Catheterization Program is one of the nation's largest in terms of patient volume. Our experts perform more than 22,000 diagnostic and interventional procedures each year.
  • The UPMC Heart and Lung Transplant Program is one of the few nationwide to have performed more than 1,400 adult cardiac transplants and 1,600 adult lung or heart-lung transplants — making it one of the most experienced in the world.
  • Our Artificial Heart Program — one of the nation’s oldest and most active — has treated more than 600 people over the past 20 years, and implanted more than 800 mechanical circulatory support devices.

National Quality Ratings

UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Shadyside recently received the highest score for coronary artery bypass surgery from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), placing them in the top 13 percent of hospitals in the nation.

UPMC Shadyside also received the highest “three stars” for aortic valve replacement surgery, ranking it in the top 6 percent of hospitals. The ratings are based on data compiled and publicly reported for the fiscal year 2013.

UPMC Shadyside is also one of only 23 hospitals in the nation to receive three stars in both aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass procedures for the last two reporting periods.

Innovative Therapies and Research

Our clinicians, surgeons, and physician researchers are exploring and employing the latest technologies and treatments to find new and better ways to treat our patients.


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