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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. 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 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.

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.