Cardiothoracic Surgery

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When You Need Heart Surgery, You Need a Leader

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute’s three board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiothoracic surgeons are at the forefront of bringing advanced open-heart surgery and thoracic surgery techniques to Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Cardiothoracic surgery includes open-heart surgeries such as heart bypass and valve replacement as well as minimally invasive, robotic-assisted procedures on the heart, lungs and other organs in the chest.

Our cardiothoracic surgeons performed more than 500 heart bypass or valve procedures last year and have an average of about 25 years’ experience.

They have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from Louisville’s health care leader.

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Chest Pain Clinic – Audubon

The Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Chest Pain Clinic for nonemergency care is located in Norton Medical Plaza West – Audubon, 2355 Poplar Level Road, next to Norton Audubon Hospital’s west entrance.

Expertise, Experience and Skill

The Norton Cardiothoracic Surgery team is dedicated to providing the latest surgery and treatment options focused on improving your quality of life. Our cardiothoracic specialists are at the forefront of the latest medical advancements for treatment of  coronary artery disease, aortic valve disease, mitral valve disease, congenital defects of the heart, enlarged hearts and other major problems.

Norton Cardiothoracic Surgery provides the latest in surgical procedures. Some state-of-the-art procedures include:

Interventional cardiologists can treat many blockages with angioplasty — a minimally invasive procedure that threads a catheter with a tool on the end through the artery to clear a blockage. But if the blockage is extreme, or if too many arteries are blocked, a bypass performed by a cardiothoracic surgeon may be necessary.

If the blockage is in the left coronary artery — the one responsible for catastrophic heart attacks — the blockage is so risky that a surgeon will perform a bypass.

So many of your body’s functions are primarily located in the chest, and our cardiothoracic surgeons work closely with physicians across Norton Heart & Vascular Institute,  including cardiology, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and heart failure, to bring you complete, multidisciplinary heart care.

Heart and Vascular Care for the Whole Person

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers patient resources to support you and your family, including free classes for people of all ages who are seeking to improve cardiovascular health or living with a heart condition.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Our cardiac rehabilitation providers are leaders in developing and applying innovative techniques that can help you recover and resume your life.

Connecting Hearts Support Group

The group provides education and support to individuals who have had a heart attack, are living with a heart condition or are at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Heart Health Screenings

Prevention is the best way to manage heart disease, and screenings are available to detect early signs of cardiac and vascular disease and identify risk factors.

About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Every year, more than 137,000 people in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists for their heart and vascular care. That’s more than any other health care provider.

  • Norton Healthcare’s adult-service hospitals in Louisville all have received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). This is the seventh consecutive accreditation for all four hospitals, which ensures quality for the treatment of heart attack.
  • Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Hospital all are recognized as having ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI accreditation.
  • Norton Healthcare has the most facilities across the city of Louisville with the ability treat a life-threatening heart attack.
  • You have access to more than 100 physicians and advanced practice providers with specialized training and experience in a comprehensive range of conditions and treatments.
  • Patients can make appointments at 28 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 sites in the region.
  • Norton Audubon Hospital, a key location for Norton Heart & Vascular Institute services, has been recognized with a HeartCare Center National Distinction of Excellence year after year by the American College of Cardiology. This is the only hospital in Louisville to be recognized for this distinction.
  • U.S. News & World Report 2023-24 Best Hospitals ranked Norton Healthcare’s adult-service hospitals in Louisville as high performing in heart attack, heart failure, aortic valve surgery and heart bypass surgery.
  • Norton Audubon Hospital earned ventricular assist device (VAD) accreditation from DNV – Healthcare and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
  • Communicate with your health care provider, renew prescriptions, get lab results and more through your free Norton MyChart account.

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