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From diagnosis to rehabiliation, Fort Sanders Regional's award-winning Heart Center has the most comprehensive cardiac services available. Our advanced diagnostics, interventional technologies, cardiovascular surgery, and clinical trials are tailored to meet your cardiac needs.
Our team of 
Knoxville Heart Group cardiologists, East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group surgeons, nurses, and technologists, have the right treatment and the right people to give our heart patients the best possible care. Cardio/Pulmonary rehabilitation is an integral part of the healing process for many cardiac patients. Our program is designed to help patients regain their strength and stamina.

2012 Platinum Performance Achievement Award ACTION Registry®- GWTG™
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center’s Cardiology Department is the recipient of the 2012 American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry® – 2012 GWTG™ Platinum Performance Achievement Award. FSRMC is one of just 164 hospitals nationwide to receive this designation. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. Honored hospitals have maintained a rate of performance of 90% or better for eight consecutive quarters, ending quarter four in 2011.


Fort Sanders Regional is a "heart attack" hospital

"time is heart muscle..."

The faster you can get here, the faster our physicians can effectively intervene to reestablish blood flow to the heart muscle.

Coronary artery disease is the term used to identify the presence of atherosclerosis in the arteries that carry blood to the heart muscle. Atherosclerosis is a buildup up of fatty substances on the inner walls of blood vessels which can block or restrict blood flow. Atherosclerosis is a major risk factor of heart attacks.

For some patients, medications are the best course of action. For others, surgical intervention may be necessary. Before a plan of treatment is chosen, a definitive diagnosis is needed.

Covenant Health:  All Heart.  All Here

Even the most complex cardiovascular problems can now be treated in Knoxville.  Covenant Health is debuting "valve centers" AT Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Parkwest Medical Center, and Methodist Medical Center. Covenant Health is also the first health system in East Tennessee and only one of 140 nationwide to offer TAVR, a breakthrough procedure for replacing heart valves.  Click here for more information about the cardiac care services available within Covenant Health.


State-of-the-Art Cardiac Diagnostics

You may have heard the phrase “time is muscle”. This refers to heart attack survivability. When blood flow does not reach heart tissue and muscle, it dies. The faster someone can receive medical care, the better their chances for recovery. That is why a fast, accurate diagnosis of a heart condition is so important. 

State-of-the-art diagnostic tools available at Fort Sanders Regional include:
  • The area's first Lightspeed® 64-slice VCT Scanner captures an incredibly precise image of the heart in just five heartbeats.
  • Vivid 7® echocardiography uses ultrasound to produce a moving cardiac image in real time.
  • Nuclear stress tests find difficult-to-detect problems in the heart's outer covering.
  • Electrocardiograms provide reliable diagnostics and stress tests performed right in the hospital assure immediate care if a problem is discovered.

The Latest Medicines

Physicians at Fort Sanders Regional participate in clinical trials of new medicines for a wide range of heart conditions. Three potentially life-saving medicines for unstable angina and heart attacks are currently being tested. A new trial is investigating a drug to prevent heart attacks and strokes in acute coronary syndrome patients.

Minimally-Invasive Treatment

Great strides have been made in minimally-invasive procedures for heart-related issues.  Minimally-invasive procedures allow physicians to implant valves and repair holes in the heart wall without a major incision.
  • The new Innova 2100-IQ ® all-digital cath lab gives cardiologists unprecedented image clarity to better view hard-to-see blood vessels, with less radiation exposure for patients and physicians.
  • Radiofrequency ablation controls rapid heartbeats with radio waves.
  • Drug-eluting stents open blocked arteries and help prevent a recurrence of the blockage.

Cardiovascular Surgery

Cardiovascular surgery includes surgical procedures to correct abnormalities within the heart and/or great vessels.  Some of the more common procedures are coronary artery bypass, valve repair or replacement, correction of congenital heart defects and repair of aortic aneurysms.
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery – Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, also referred to as CABG, is a treatment option for coronary artery disease. Based on the size, number, and locations of artery blockages, your doctor may decide that bypass surgery is the best treatment.
  • Valve Repair and Replacement – Heart valves work like gates which open to let blood move forward and close to allow the heart chamber to fill with more blood. Problems occur when a valve does not open wide enough (stenosis) or close tight enough (regurgitation). When these problems occur, the heart cannot pump enough blood forward which causes problems over time like – shortness of breath or heart failure. Your doctor may suggest that you have the valve repaired or replaced.
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair – The aorta is the large artery which carries blood from the heart to the major organs and other areas. This artery can develop a weakening in the wall of the vessel. If this occurs your doctor suggest that you have it repaired.

Robotically-Assisted Surgery

The daVinci robotics system gives surgeons the capability to perform select heart procedures without opening the patient's chest and patients usually experience fewer side effects and faster recovery times. 

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Leaving the hospital is just the first step in recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery or angioplasty.  Heart patients often need to strengthen weakened heart muscles and learn heart-healthy practices. Fort Sanders Regional's complete Cardiac Rehabilitation Outpatient Program (CROP) combines education, exercise, counseling, and more to help heart patients regain their functional capacity and reduce the possibility of future heart problems.

     Fort Sanders Professional Building 
                     501 20th Street, Suite 302               
                    Knoxville, TN 37916 
For more information about the Fort Sanders Cardiac Rehabilitation Outpatient Program, please call (865) 541-1250.

Information for Heart Failure Patients - Fort Sanders Regional has developed a resource booklet for patients who are being treated for heart failure. This booklet includes details about heart failure, how it is diagnosed and treated, and lifestyle information for those seeking to be as healthy and active as possible while dealing with heart failure. The booklet also contains tracking sheets to record information that will be helpful for you and your healthcare provider, as well as a list of related resources and services within Covenant Health.

To read the booklet online or download a printable copy, click here.