About the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Information for Patients & Visitors: An Overview
UVA's Division of Cardiovascular Medicine offers the latest and most innovative diagnostic and treatment services within an interdisciplinary and collaborative framework that utilizes the expertise of physicians, researchers, radiologists and other healthcare professionals -- all with the aim of providing our patients with the most advanced heart and vascular care available anywhere.
UVA's Heart and Vascular Center combines innovation, research and expert clinical skills.
Each year, we care for more than 5,000 patients in our hospital and 35,000 patients in our clinics. Whether you're interested in heart disease prevention or treatment options, the depth of our expertise and resources is impressive.
UVA's latest advances in heart care include:
- A new less invasive treatment for ventricular tachycardia, a condition in which the heart's lower chambers beat erratically
- Virginia's first center for adult congenital heart disease
- A new robotic catheter system, the Sensei®, that makes it easier for electrophysiologists to maneuver a catheter into difficult-to-reach places in the heart
- Virginia's first hospital using a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) known as the TandemHeart® in patients who would otherwise be too weak or too sick to tolerate lifesaving procedures
- The region’s first heart care clinic for women, UVA Club Red Clinic, which focuses on prevention and shared medical appointments.
Each year, our doctors perform more than:
- 4,500 vascular studies
- 700 major vascular operations
- 1,600 diagnostic angiograms
- 2,000 interventional procedures, such as angioplasty, vascular stent and aortic stent-graft placement and embolizations.
The depth of our expertise and use of new technology is something you won’t find at other nearby medical centers. Our doctors specialize in diseases of the two great vessels, the aorta and the pulmonary artery. We also perform more angioplasties (a procedure to widen narrowed or blocked blood vessels) of the superior mesenteric artery than anyone else in the country. And we treat more high-performance bicyclists than any other hospital in the country.