Why Choose UofL Health for Heart Care?

As an academic health system, our cardiologists, heart specialists and heart surgeons have advanced training in heart disease, conduct research and use a team approach to manage and treat your heart condition. Plus, we are teaching and training the next generation of physicians. Our collective experience in treating thousands of people with heart disease ensures you receive the best care, close to home.

With locations throughout Jefferson, Bullitt and Shelby counties, our seven emergency departments offer 24/7 advanced heart attack care. Combined with fast access to sophisticated technology and innovative treatments at UofL Health – Heart Hospital, we can save lives when minutes matter most.

Our academic research pioneers leading-edge advancements and less invasive treatments to meet your heart’s needs with life-changing results. We know research and education can help save lives, which is why we are proud to have a seamless partnership with the University of Louisville School of Medicine and an affiliation with Cardiovascular Innovation Institute.

Our team is responsible for many firsts in Kentucky and the world:

  • World’s first AbioCor total artificial heart transplant
  • World’s first successful heart transplant following the use of a VAD
  • World’s first trial of cardiac stem cells in chronic heart failure
  • Nation’s first female patient implanted with the C-Pulse Heart Assist System
  • Kentucky’s first open-heart surgery
  • Kentucky’s first heart transplant
  • Kentucky’s first implantation of the HeartMate II ventricular assist device
  • Kentucky’s first transcatheter aortic valve replacement
  • Kentucky’s first and only dual organ heart-liver transplant

Our team is made up of nationally renowned cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists, all performing the full spectrum of invasive, non-invasive and surgical procedures. Using the most sophisticated equipment and techniques to diagnose, manage and treat heart and vascular disease, this collaborative team is among the most highly touted in the region.

UofL Health has received recognition for:

  • Regional leader in advanced heart failure therapies
  • Regional leader in ventricular assist device (VAD) and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Cardiovascular ICU with critical care provided by dedicated 24-hour intensivists
  • Leading regional heart transplant hospital
  • Leading area in cardiac diagnostics with minimally invasive imaging for coronary artery disease
  • Performed more than 1,000 TAVRs
  • Heart Valve Center of Excellence

When Should I See a Cardiologist?

Heart disease is a broad term used to describe a range of diseases that affect your heart and blood vessels. The various diseases that fall under the umbrella of heart disease include diseases of your blood vessels, such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias), heart valve problems (narrowing or leaks of the valves), heart infections, heart defects you’re born with (congenital heart defects) and heart tumors.

The term “heart disease” is often used interchangeably with “cardiovascular disease.” Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, angina (chest pain) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as infections and conditions that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or beating rhythm are also considered forms of heart disease. UofL Health and UofL Physicians – Cardiovascular Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all diseases that affect your heart.

Conditions we treat:

To find a heart care specialist, please visit UofLHealth.org/Request-an-Appointment.

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