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Higher Standard of Care for Cardiac Surgery

With nationally ranked cardiovascular expertise for innovative heart and vascular care, Piedmont Heart Institute is a clinical destination for the surgical treatment of the most complex heart conditions. Our expert cardiac surgical team provides a range of highly specialized surgical treatments, including:

  • Aortic, mitral and tricuspid valve surgery
  • Arrhythmia treatment
  • Congenital heart defect repair
  • Combined valve and coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Complex coronary artery revascularization
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Heart transplant
  • Left ventricular aneurysm resection and reconstruction
  • Reoperative coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Surgery for Marfan syndrome
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm repair
  • Thoracic aortic dissection repair
  • Transcatheter aortic valve implantation
  • Transmyocardial laser revascularization
  • Ventricular assist device (VAD) placement

We work together as a team to determine the specific surgical treatment that is right for each patient. Both patients and families can rest assured knowing that our team provides a continuity of care vital to excellent outcomes.


Team Approach to Improved Outcomes

At Piedmont Heart, our surgical team helps patients and family members understand every phase of care because we know how much a complex heart condition affects the whole family. We believe in discussing what to expect from surgery and educating patients about recovery and life after surgery. Our expert team includes:

  • Cardiac surgeons
  • Heart transplant surgeons
  • Cardiac anesthesiologists
  • Cardiovascular perfusionists
  • Cardiac certified nurses
  • Cardiac scrub technicians
  • Physician assistants

The heart team is involved in each individual case, with safety and quality a cornerstone of every cardiac surgical operation. We apply our decades of experience to optimize surgical outcomes. With a compassionate approach to care, we take care of you every step of the way.


Advancing Surgical Practices for Improved Outcomes

Our cardiac surgeons actively participate in research studies to improve patient care and help change how cardiac surgery is practiced. For example, the EXCEL clinical trial for left main coronary disease brought together our surgeons and cardiologists through a collaborative effort that resulted in Piedmont Heart achieving the highest enrollment in the world. Our team is now teaching other health professionals these advanced surgical processes and procedures for optimal outcomes.


Leading ECMO Center

When extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is needed to provide circulation support, our team provides this specialized treatment to reduce stress on the heart and lungs. As a leading ECMO Center in the region and recognized as an ECMO Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, Piedmont Heart’s cardiovascular specialists employ this life-saving technology when needed for the support of organ systems and stabilization prior to more advanced cardiovascular care.


What to Expect with Heart Surgery

Our entire team has a caring and compassionate attitude to help patients and families through an anxious time. We focus on patient education through every step of our process, keeping patients and families informed – so patients and loved ones understand why each step is necessary and meaningful to long-term health.


Cardiac Rehab Excellence

Participation in cardiac rehabilitation after surgery is a critical step in the process for optimal recovery and long-term success. We help our patients learn how to continue to improve their heart health through nutrition, exercise, identifying risk factors and neutralizing those risk factors. Our goal is your goal – to get healthy and stay healthy.

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