Cardiovascular disease treatment options are constantly progressing, and the specialist physicians at Norton Heart & Vascular Institute are on the leading edge of innovation.
Cardiovascular disease treatment innovations are happening in dietary and physical therapy care to slow the progress of heart disease, medication to treat symptoms, minimally invasive surgical procedures, ventricular assist devices and heart transplants.
More patients with cardiovascular disease in Louisville and Southern Indiana trust their treatment to Norton Heart & Vascular Institute than to any other health care system.
Our specialist physicians have advanced training and expertise in a full range of treatments.
Our heart care program is built on a legacy of innovation that includes the world’s second artificial heart transplant. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained heart specialists will work with you to build a customized cardiovascular disease treatment plan to get you back to living your life.
Cardiovascular Disease Treatment Innovations
- First in Louisville to implant the Watchman device, which reduces risk of strokes related to atrial fibrillation (A-fib).
- Only team in the area offering hybrid ablation procedure, also known as the convergent procedure, that combines the skills of an electrophysiologist and heart surgeon to treat tissue on the outside and inside the heart.
- Early implementers of approaching catheter-based procedures through the arm, rather than the groin, to speed recovery and reduce risks.
- One of the first in Kentucky to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) — a minimally invasive procedure to replace a narrowed aortic valve.
- Recognized as a Center of Excellence by Silk Road Medical, the developers of transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR), which lowers the risk of stroke in patients with carotid artery disease.
Cardiovascular Disease Treatment Options
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair with less-invasive endovascular (EVAR) surgery to install a graft and seal off the aneurysm. Traditional open surgery is also available.
- Cardiac catheterization to implant stent, balloon and other devices to restore blood flow through critical vessels
- Catheter ablation — radiofrequency and cryoablation to destroy tissue causing arrhythmia and other heart conditions
- Coronary artery bypass graft — more commonly known as “heart bypass surgery,” this open heart procedure transplants blood vessels from elsewhere in the body to bypass narrowed or clogged coronary arteries.
- Heart transplant access. The Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program provides access to a heart transplant for those who need it as well as care before and ongoing after care following a heart transplant.
- Hybrid ablation, or convergent procedure
- Implantable defibrillator
- Lung lobectomy and partial lung lobectomies
- Maze procedure, which typically is performed during an open heart procedure to address A-fib
- Medication management
- Off-pump heart bypass surgery: Innovative surgical techniques allow some heart surgeries to be performed without use of a heart-lung machine. The surgeon using this technique can repair a precise location while allowing the heart to continue beating.
- Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) to treat an aneurysm in the upper part of the aorta
- Transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) to lower the risk of stroke in patients with carotid artery disease
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to replace a narrowed aortic valve that fails to open properly
- Transmyocardial revascularization (TMVR) for patients who can’t have coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Using a precise laser, the surgeon makes tiny cuts that allow more oxygen-rich blood to reach the heart muscle.
- Valve repair/replacement
- Ventricular assist device (VAD): These implanted pumps relieve much of the burden on a failing heart. The VAD can be a treatment in itself or a bridge to a heart transplant.
- Watchman FLX implant to close left atrial appendage and reduce stroke risk