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Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Treatments

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 from minimally invasive procedures to open heart surgery.

With a legacy of innovation that includes the world’s second artificial heart transplant, the board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists are leaders providing innovative cardiovascular disease treatments and will build a customized 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 SilkRoad Medical, the developers of transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR), which lowers the risk of stroke in patients with carotid artery disease

Key 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.
  • Hybrid ablation, or convergent, procedure
  • Implantable defibrillator
  • Lung lobectomy and partial lung lobectomies
  • Maze procedure, which is typically 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
  • Trans myocardial revascularization 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
  • Watchman implant to close left atrial appendage and reduce stroke risk

Norton Healthcare Heart and Vascular Institute

About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists treat more people for heart and vascular care — 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 45 board-certified cardiovascular physicians and 30 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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