Specialty services by our cardiovascular specialists include:
We also offer a wide range of tests, treatments, and services including:
Our team of cardiovascular surgeons and experts provides an individualized approach for each patient, presenting treatment options, benefits and risks, and recommendations based on the patient’s condition. Procedures include heart valve surgery, angioplasty, and bypass surgery.
In place of traditional bypass surgery, the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure is specifically desirable for higher-risk patients. Rather than requiring a heart-lung machine during surgery, the TAVR procedure implants an artificial aortic valve inside a patient’s faulty valve, reducing risks associated with bypass surgery and providing an innovative alternative to traditional bypass surgery.
For patients with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem, the WATCHMAN heart implant device can help prevent and reduce the risk of strokes. During a one-time, minimally invasive surgery, the quarter-sized device is implanted in the left atrial appendage and helps to prevent blood clots from moving to the brain and causing a stroke.
“The Magee-Womens Heart Program — part of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute — provides complete diagnostics, assessments, and treatment of heart disease in women. Women have different risks, lifestyle factors, and biology than men. This means we tailor our prevention and treatment plans based on a woman's distinct needs.
Some forms of heart disease are passed on genetically through your family. Our experts are specifically trained to help you learn more about how your family history of heart disease impacts your health. They can also help you learn more about a diagnosed heart problem that you could pass on to future generations. Our expert team of doctors and genetic counselors provide multi-disciplinary care and offer genetic testing for you and your family members.
Our customized care and wellness programs can help treat, prevent, and reduce your risk of heart problems. Our Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and Community Education Program enable connections with a specialized team of nurses, exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists, and dietitians to help promote risk-reducing lifestyle modifications such as a personalized diet and exercise plan.
UPMC Passavant’s cardiovascular intensive care unit meets the highest level of national accreditation for critical care nurses. Conferred by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), this gold level certification of the Beacon Award for Excellence signifies that:
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