Expert heart surgery in Nashville

At TriStar Health, we provide exceptional heart care and treatment options for patients. Our cardiovascular surgeons perform complex and routine heart and vascular operations with success rates exceeding the national average at state-of-the-art facilities. We continue to innovate cardiac care by offering clinical trials and one of our hospitals, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, was the first in the region to offer minimally invasive and beating heart surgery.

For a free physician referral or more information, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662.

Our heart specialists are committed to providing treatment and personalized care plans to improve our patients’ quality of life in a comfortable, compassionate environment.

Advanced heart and vascular surgical care

Your cardiovascular system is an intricate network that keeps life pumping through you. From specialists in our Aortic Center and High-Risk Valve Clinic to experts in arrhythmia and heart failure treatment, our collective surgical expertise allows to provide complete heart and vascular care.

Our experienced surgeons use state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to perform:

  • Cardiovascular surgery - refers to surgery on the heart and blood vessels
  • Thoracic surgery - refers to surgery on the organs within the chest cavity, including the heart, lungs and esophagus
  • Vascular surgery - refers to surgery on the veins and arteries (blood vessels)

Cardiovascular surgery and procedures we offer

Some of the specific cardiovascular procedures we provide are:

  • Coronary angioplasty - non-surgical procedure that involves opening the narrowed artery with a catheter to allow normal blood flow back to the heart
    • Balloon angioplasty - a type of angioplasty that increases blood flow to the heart through a balloon that is inflated to push plaque aside
  • Cardiac ablation - a procedure that destroys old and malfunctioning tissue in the heart that is producing abnormal electrical signals to cause heart arrhythmias
  • Endovascular surgery - minimally invasive procedure (similar to an angioplasty) to balloon a narrowed blood vessel to reduce the risk of an aneurysm or other conditions
  • LVAD placement - surgical procedure to implant a device that is battery-operated and assists the left ventricle in pumping blood
  • Stent procedure - a procedure, similar to a balloon angioplasty, to support the artery walls that have been widened for increased blood flow and reduction of chest pain
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) - this minimally invasive surgery repairs the heart valve by wedging an artificial replacement valve that takes over the original valve's job of regulating blood flow

To determine when surgical intervention is necessary, we provide a wide range of heart imaging services and diagnostic procedures, including:

  • Angiography
  • Cardiac calcium scoring
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiac stress test
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Electrophysiology studies
  • Holter monitoring
  • Vascular ultrasound studies

Pediatric cardiac surgeons

Pediatric patients are in good hands at TriStar Health, where our team of cardiovascular surgeons at The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial, provide many of the same types of diagnostic and surgical treatment options as we do for adults. Our pediatric cardiology care is personalized for children, with specialized drug dosages and smaller-sized equipment for comfort.

Accredited heart care

Hospitals in our network earned acknowledgement for extensive and effective cardiac care methods and procedures. Some of our facilities have received the following designations and recognition:

Fast response in cardiac emergencies

A frequently used measure for cardiac treatment during an emergency is the “door-to-balloon” time. This is the amount of time it takes for a patient experiencing a heart attack to receive an angioplasty balloon procedure to open narrowed arteries. The national guideline for “door-to-balloon” time is 90 minutes and the last reported national average is 75.8 minutes. TriStar Health facilities routinely outperform both figures, starting fast, effective treatment in less than 75 minutes.