Cardiothoracic Surgery | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

Cardiothoracic Surgery

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.

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

About 250,000 people a year in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Heart & Vascular Institute to treat their heart and vascular conditions. That’s more than any other provider in the area.

  • All four of Norton Healthcare’s adult acute-care hospitals are accredited by the American College of Cardiology’s Accreditation Services as Chest Pain Centers, with the highest accreditation level possible for facilities able to treat heart attacks.
  • We have more than 50 board-certified cardiovascular physicians and 35 advanced practice providers. Through training and years of experience, they specialize in areas such as cardiologyinterventional cardiologycardiothoracic surgerythoracic surgery, electrophysiologyadvanced heart failureand vascular surgery.
  • We offer same-day appointments for new patients.
  • We have 27 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 clinical sites in the region.
  • Norton Healthcare has four adult-service cardiac catheterization labs, with 14 state-of-the-art rooms. Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Hospital have received the highest level of cardiac catheterization accreditation from the American College of Cardiology — offering lifesaving, minimally invasive procedures for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Our cardiothoracic surgeons and electrophysiologists have more experience than any provider in the area performing hybrid ablation for atrial fibrillation (A-fib). This innovative treatment also can help patients who have had persistent A-fib for more than a year that hasn’t responded to other treatments.
  • Norton Healthcare is the only health care system in Kentucky to receive the prestigious Mission: Lifeline Regional Trailblazer Award from the American Heart Association for being an innovator in creating a system of care for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks — the most severe type of heart attack.
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