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Cardiovascular Institute

On the frontier of advanced specialty heart care

Allegheny Health Network Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) is one of the premier cardiac programs in the country. We provide superior state-of-the-art care for patients with heart disease and access to Western Pennsylvania's most comprehensive, multidisciplinary team of specialists and innovative therapies, including many available only through advanced clinical trials. 

The physicians of the Allegheny Health Network CVI’s seven hospitals and 20 outpatient Pittsburgh and Erie-area locations maintain a singular focus on each and every patient, ensuring that the care you receive is specific to your needs and the most effective approach to a full recovery. Our true passion is to keep hearts beating healthier and longer. This comes to life through our inventive spirit of discovering new ways to diagnose and treat heart disease, some of which include:

  • Helped pioneer the use of the latest generation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, battery-powered devices that continuously monitor heart rhythm, collect important data about heart function and assist in regulating abnormal heartbeat.
  • Among the first in the nation to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), replacing defective aortic heart valves via a minimally invasive catheter procedure.
  • Introduced new treatments to repair defective mitral valves via robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery or through a catheter-based approach where the leaflets of the valve are clipped together.
  • Played an instrumental role in the development of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD), mechanical pumps that are surgically implanted to assist a weakened heart muscle either as a destination therapy or bridge to transplant.

 

4 Days: From Heart Surgery To Heading Home Healthy

Heart patients typically struggle to find the strength for daily tasks, like walking up stairs and playing with a grandchild. Four days after coming to Jefferson Hospital for valve transplant surgery, Donald was strong enough to say thank you and head out to a better life. Patients who work hard to build up their strength are living proof that exceptional care and exceptional determination make a difference.

  • 4 Days: From Heart Surgery To Heading Home Healthy
  • Innovative Heart Stent Disappears
  • Taking Steps to Keep a Heart Healthy
  • Heart Patient Takes a Healthy Food Tour
  • Meet Kristen - Allegheny Health Women's Health - Cardiovascular Services

Support Services 

We want to empower you to make the necessary lifestyle changes to improve your heart health. Our goal is to help you prevent or manage heart disease to help you live the fullest life possible.

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Research 

The Institute’s research program spans a diverse range of investigative areas, including basic, translational, clinical, surgical and imaging research. In addition, the Institute is a partner in more than 100 clinical trials, giving patients access to some of the newest and most promising treatment options.

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