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Cardiovascular Surgery

From diagnosis to rehabilitation, Fort Sanders Regional’s award-winning Heart Center has the most comprehensive cardiovascular 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.

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.