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Heart Surgery

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Your heart is the strongest muscle in your body, and it has one of the most important jobs. That's why maintaining heart health is critical. But health issues involving your heart sometimes require more than diet, exercise and medication. When the heart itself is damaged or not functioning correctly, heart surgery may be best to get you back on track. 

UVA’s cardiovascular surgery experts can identify underlying causes and perform surgery to treat conditions affecting the heart, arteries, veins and lungs. We’re dedicated to your safety, comfort and education as you face what can be a scary or uncertain situation with your heart.

Cardiac Surgery Experience & Expertise at UVA

Our skilled and compassionate heart surgeons have training and experience in traditional, advanced and minimally invasive cardiac surgery procedures. They work closely with your care team to craft the right treatment plan for you and keep you comfortable and informed.

In addition to UVA's ranking as the No. 1 hospital in Virginia, U.S. News & World Report also honored us with the highest possible performance scores in four specific care areas:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Heart failure care
Coronary Artery Disease
Surgeons in the operating room treating a coronary artery disease patient.

Your heart, just like the rest of your body, needs oxygen to live. When the heart can't get needed oxygen because the arteries that supply blood to it are blocked, UVA's cardiologists and heart surgeons use their advanced training and technology to restore the heart's blood flow.

Coronary artery care
Failure & Transplant
Healthcare provider reviewing heart imaging findings

If you're in heart failure, your heart can't pump enough blood around your body. Our nationally-recognized heart failure program can craft the right treatment course for you, including device implantation (to keep your heart working) or transplantation (for when your heart is too damaged to recover).

Heart failure & transplant
Valve Disease
A healthcare provider discussing heart valve treatment options with a patient.

The Advanced Cardiac Valve Center is one of a few in the U.S. that offers a full range of conventional and minimally invasive procedures for heart valve conditions. The right treatment option can minimize pain, shorten recovery time and quickly get you back to doing the things you love.

Heart valve health