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Heart & Vascular Programs

The only center that integrates cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, vascular interventional radiology, cardiology and interventional nephrology.

Choosing the Center for Heart & Vascular Health

The ChristianaCare Center for Heart & Vascular Health in the Bank of America Pavilion is among the largest, most capable regional heart centers on the East Coast. It is the only center in the region that integrates in a single location and under one roof cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, vascular interventional radiology, cardiology and interventional nephrology.

Studies show that patients receive the safest, best care from hospitals that do more cases and have the most experienced doctors, surgeons and support teams. National standards suggest that to maintain proficiency, hospitals should perform at least 500 open-heart surgeries per year.

Our annual volumes far surpass these indicators. Not only do our experienced cardiovascular surgeons perform over 700 open-heart procedures each year - both conventional and minimally invasive beating-heart surgeries - our entire team of heart experts treats more than 8,000 total heart and vascular cases annually. That’s more than some of the largest heart programs in the U.S.

This vast experience is why the ChristianaCare Center for Heart & Vascular Health is a national, regional and local leader for heart care. Our board-certified cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and vascular specialists are among the nation’s leading experts in the treatment and prevention of heart disease, stroke and other diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels. And, most important, it’s why so many people trust their hearts to us each year.

Technology, Expertise and Experience

As a Level I trauma center (the highest level) and a comprehensive heart and vascular center, ChristianaCare brings together the advanced technology and medical expertise that only a national-caliber health system can provide. Additional highlights of our program include:

A modern, beautiful heart and vascular center inside the Bank of America Pavilion, with 10 cardiac catheterization and vascular interventional labs, state-of-the-art cardiovascular intensive-care units and cardiac telemetry units, and a comprehensive vascular-care center.

Advanced diagnostic technology, providing doctors with the latest tools to accurately detect and diagnose problems heart structure, function and blood flow. These include real-time 3-D echocardiography, microvolt-level T-wave Alternans technology, blood-volume analysis technology, nuclear medicine, PET and other imaging technologies.

Heart & Vascular Programs

The Gerret and Tatiana Copeland Arrhythmia Center, which is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most advanced electrophysiology suites, featuring advanced stereotaxis equipment for the expert diagnosis and treatment of heart-rhythm disorders. This technology is offered by only 2 percent of U.S. hospitals. The center’s skilled electrophysiologists and heart specialists also offer a highly effective atrial fibrillation ablation technique.

A highly experienced stroke program that ranks seventh in the nation for the number of stroke cases treated annually. Certified by The Joint Commission, this stroke treatment and recovery program brings doctors and specialists from many disciplines together to provide outstanding, coordinated care for stroke patients.

A special cardiology evaluation unit that speeds up the process of diagnosing chest pain, providing swift care for patients who need it and enabling patients who don’t need to be admitted to the hospital to return home quickly.

An echocardiography (EKG) lab that is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).

A vascular laboratory program that is accredited in all five areas of vascular care by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVIL).

cardiovascular research program that provides eligible patients with access to new treatments and therapies that aren’t yet available to the general public.

Support groups for heart surgery patients and their families, and for patients with pacemakers or other cardiac devices. These groups provide education, comfort and encouragement for families facing challenging circumstances.

Interventional radiologists who are developing the medicine of the 21st century with non-invasive procedures to treat a wide variety of heart and vascular diseases.

Experience is What Sets Us Apart

The ChristianaCare Center for Heart & Vascular Health treats more heart and vascular cases than many U.S. hospitals. It’s this experience that makes us a national, regional and local leader for heart care.

Studies show that the more clinical procedures a hospital performs, the better the patient outcomes. So, the next time you need heart care, trust your heart to our unmatched experience and highly talented doctors.

Statistics at a Glance

Last year, the ChristianaCare Center for Heart & Vascular Health performed:

  • Open-heart cases: 724
  • Ventricular Assist Device cases: 7
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement cases: 182+
  • Cardiac-Catheterization cases: 4,673
  • Electrophysiology cases: 1,652
  • Vascular surgery cases: 1,351
  • Vascular intervention cases: 4,358
  • Neuro Intervention cases: 731
  • Cardiovascular non-invasive studies: 20,048
  • Vascular ultrasound studies: 19,667
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation monitored visits: 21,878

Center for Aortic Health

With the right care, you can count on a healthy aorta.

Familial Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Program

This program offers a comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment that focuses on family history and genetics, along with personal and environmental factors.

Heart Failure Program

The nationally recognized specialists at ChristianaCare provide innovative care for people with heart failure.

Heart Transplant Evaluation and Management

Providing expert care and testing to individuals who are candidates for a heart transplant or those who have had a heart transplant.

Interventional Pulmonology Program

We offer advanced procedures that assist your doctor in providing an accurate diagnosis and developing a personalized treatment plan.

Pulmonary Hypertension Program

Taking care of people who have pulmonary arterial hypertension requires special expertise.

Structural Heart Disease Program

We bring physicians from different specialties together to deliver patient outcomes that are consistently above the national average.


Our team of highly skilled interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists use the WATCHMAN™ device as an alternative stroke risk prevention method.

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