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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 the region’s most comprehensive, multidisciplinary team of specialists and innovative therapies, including many available only through advanced clinical trials. Our team of heart specialists offers leading-edge treatments for heart failure, atrial fibrillation (a-fib), structural heart disease, vascular disease, thoracic disease, and many other cardiovascular conditions.

The physicians of the Allegheny Health Network CVI’s seven hospitals and 20 outpatient 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.

The Allegheny Health Network Transplant Institute is among the nation’s best in patient care quality, according to the latest report by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), and posted the best one-year and three-year patient survival rates in the western Pennsylvania region. Also, the Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association, recognized Allegheny General Hospital with Advanced Certification in Heart Failure. Allegheny General is the only hospital in southwestern Pennsylvania that has earned this elite designation.   


Why the Cardiovascular Institute?

Expertise and teamwork
For more than half of a century, our heart physicians have been leaders in cardiac care. The Allegheny Health Network Cardiovascular Institute’s success rates for heart procedures exceed national averages and consistently rank among the best in in the region. We have been recognized as being among the best in the country by Thompson Reuters, U.S. News and World Report, and the American Heart Association. 
Innovative, groundbreaking treatments
Treatments for heart disease have become more effective over the last several decades because of forward-thinking physicians with creative ideas. And CVI doctors help lead the way in developing and implementing these advances. We use cutting-edge diagnostic equipment and technology to find even the smallest heart abnormality, perform the most innovative techniques and surgeries to treat any heart condition, and use novel medications that treat your disease while maintaining your quality of life.

Personalized care and attention
At the Cardiovascular Institute, your care is all about you. We understand that every heart patient has different needs, circumstances and challenges and that no one treatment plan is suited for every patient. Our specialists collaborate to develop an in-depth medical strategy specific to each patient’s condition and situation. While receiving any heart-care service from us, this dedicated team works diligently to provide you with quality, compassionate and reassuring care.

Progressive research
We continually conduct new research that leads to even better ways to prevent, find and treat heart disease. Many of our patients are suitable candidates for these novel devices and clinical trials, giving them even more promising results for their heart health.

Care close to home
We know how important your time is, so we have made specialized heart care convenient for you to reach. Through our network’s seven hospitals and 20 outpatient cardiovascular locations, you can receive tests, treatments, procedures and overall heart care close to your home and in comfortable surroundings.