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Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Treatments

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.
  • Pacemakers
  • 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

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 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 after a heart attack, living with a heart condition or 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.

Classes and Events

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers classes about once a week on a broad range of heart health topics including cooking classes, atrial fibrillation (A-fib) and heart failure education workshops, and more.

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About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists treat more people for heart and vascular conditions — about 250,000 every year — than any other provider in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

  • Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals are American College of Cardiology accredited Cycle VI Chest Pain Centers — the highest level of expertise to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
  • 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 surgeryelectrophysiologyadvanced heart failure and vascular surgery.
  • We offer same-day new patient appointments.
  • We have 27 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 clinical sites in the region.
  • We have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from the largest cardiovascular care provider in Kentucky.
  • 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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