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Team Approach for Premier Cardiovascular Care

University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute provides premier cardiovascular care for the diagnosis and treatment of any condition that affects the heart and vascular system. We provide a complete range of services and treatments from routine heart screenings to the most advanced surgical interventions and post-treatment follow-up.

With a multidisciplinary collaborative approach to care, our cardiac surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular physicians, vascular surgeons, cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, diagnostic radiologists and cardiovascular rehabilitation specialists all work together to design the ideal treatment and recovery plan for each patient. And with multiple locations throughout northeast Ohio, you don’t have to travel far to receive exceptional cardiovascular care.

Expertise in a Wide Range of Heart & Vascular Conditions

Under the direction of our clinical leadership team, our highly trained and experienced heart and vascular specialists offer comprehensive care for a wide array of cardiovascular conditions including:

UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute has a depth of experience across all categories of cardiovascular care and a rich history of innovation. With one of the first specialized electrophysiology centers in the country, our atrial fibrillation care has earned national and international recognition. We are also renowned worldwide as a center of excellence in transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR. Our specialists train other physicians across the United States and around the world on this procedure. UH is the U.S. leader in minimalist TAVR, which enables physicians to perform the procedure under local anesthesia and minimum sedation, reducing the patient’s hospital stay and potential complications while retaining high efficiency standards.

Access to the Most Advanced New Technologies and Therapies

As one of the most advanced heart and vascular centers in the nation, our team provides the latest technologies and therapies to treat even the most complex heart and vascular conditions, including minimally invasive techniques, offering smaller incisions, less pain and faster recovery. Highly focused care is provided through our programs and specialized centers, which include:

The Latest Cardiovascular Imaging Techniques

The UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute is a global leader in optical coherence tomography, which allows a clinician to see and measure crucial blood vessel characteristics that were either invisible or difficult to observe with older imaging techniques. In addition, we were the first center in the U.S. to introduce HeartFlow® Fractional Flow Reserve Computed Tomography (FFR-CT) to assess the severity of coronary artery disease.

Several of the diagnostic techniques we use to accurately pinpoint heart and vascular problems and design appropriate treatment plans include:

  • Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI): Cardiac MRIs take detailed images of the heart, including chambers and blood vessels of the heart.
  • Cardiac stress testing: Exercise stress tests measure how the heart functions when it is required to exercise and work harder than usual.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans: An imaging method that creates cross-sectional pictures of the body, our team uses multi-slice CT imaging and non-invasive coronary artery and cardiac function tests.
  • Echocardiograms (Echo): An echocardiogram uses sound waves to create a detailed moving picture of the heart. We use nuclear echocardiography in stress testing to assess heart muscle function and viability.
  • Electrocardiograms (ECG): An ECG can uncover issues with heart rhythm by recording the electrical activity generated by the heart muscle as it beats.

In addition, our accredited vascular laboratories across the system provide both physiologic, or non-imaging, and ultrasound imaging testing which includes duplex ultrasound. This advanced ultrasound combines traditional ultrasound and Doppler ultrasound to measure the moving blood flow and identify any issues.

Our cardiovascular technologists are imaging specialists who also participate in clinical trials on an ongoing basis. The research gathered from these trials allow for the continuous improvement of cardiovascular imaging techniques and improvements or enhancements to imaging equipment.

Focus on Research Leads to Breakthrough Treatments

Scientific research and discovery give our team of cardiovascular doctors the ability to use various minimally invasive and surgical therapies to treat both minor and serious heart and vascular conditions. With ongoing research funding from the National Institutes of Health, our patients have access to treatment innovations by participating in our ongoing clinical trials. These trials focus on assessing new procedures, medicines and technologies for treating all types of blood vessel disorders and heart conditions.

Currently, our heart specialists are involved with developing more advanced catheter ablation therapies. This procedure guides a wire to the heart and uses heat or cold energy to destroy heart tissue that may lead to arrhythmias, irregular heartbeats.

University Hospitals is also one of the few medical centers in the world to use an innovative implantable device to treat ventricular arrhythmia, a life-threatening condition.

In addition, we are performing research to determine the molecular basis for factors causing hypertension and the evaluation of anti-hypertensive agents on patients.

Our team also recently opened the first APOLLO trial and implanted the Intrepid transcatheter mitral valve replacement on the first patient involved in the study.

Learn More about UH Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute

If you have questions about our heart and vascular care or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call our team at 216-844-3800. We can help you learn more about our diagnostic and treatment services, located in multiple locations across northeast Ohio.

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