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Cardiovascular Services at UPMC Shadyside

UPMC Shadyside has a long tradition of excellence in cardiology and heart surgery.

Cardiology services took a foothold at Shadyside Hospital in the 1970s with the advent of new technologies and talent. By the early 1990s, more coronary angioplasties would be performed at Shadyside Hospital than at any other hospital in western Pennsylvania.

Today, UPMC Shadyside provides a full menu of standard and cutting-edge technologies, while remaining committed to offering patients the best care available.

With a staff of more than 60 cardiologists, UPMC Shadyside strives to remain on the forefront of quality cardiology care.

Heart and Vascular Services at UPMC Shadyside

Services provided range from non-invasive diagnostic techniques to advanced invasive procedures, surgery, and rehabilitation services.

Diagnostic services

  • Exercise stress tests with and without nuclear imaging
  • Electrocardiograms
  • Echocardiograms, both routine and stress test
  • Transesophageal echocardiograms
  • Holter and event monitors

Invasive procedures

  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterizations
  • Angioplasty and stent procedures
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump insertion
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Peripheral diagnostic and interventional procedures
  • Acute myocardial infarction services with 24/7/365 emergency coverage

Electrophysiology services

  • Diagnostic electrophysiology studies
  • Implantation of pacemakers
  • Implantation of internal defibrillators
  • Arrhythmia ablations, including atrial fibrillation ablations
  • Pacemaker and defibrillator diagnostic services
  • Tilt table testing
  • Arrhythmia conversion

Surgical services

  • Abdominal and thoracic aneurysm repair
  • Aortic root replacement
  • Atrial ablation
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Off-pump coronary artery bypass graft (OPCABG)
  • Peripheral vascular surgeries
  • Pneumonectomies, lobectomies, and wedge resections
  • Repair of co-arctation of the aorta
  • Septal defect repair
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Vascular shunts
  • Ventricular aneurysm repair

Cardiac rehab services

Cardiac rehabilitation, or cardiac rehab, is an outpatient program for people recently diagnosed with heart disease or recovering from a heart procedure. It provides the knowledge, tools, and support you need to succeed in developing healthy lifestyles.

This includes:

  • Exercise
  • Proper nutrition
  • Smoking cessation
  • Controlling other risk factors that increase your risk of heart disease

Specially trained medical professionals will design a program to meet your individual needs.

For more information or to enroll at UPMC Shadyside's Cardiac Rehab Program, call 412-623-1684.

Cardiovascular Research at UPMC Shadyside

There are several active industry- and NIH-sponsored clinical trials under way at UPMC Shadyside, ranging from testing new medical devices, treatment options, and medication therapies, to evaluating carotid stent effectiveness in high-risk surgical patients.

With a thriving private practice cardiovascular program at UPMC Shadyside, the hospital is well positioned for a vast array of trial opportunities.