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Ascension Saint Thomas Heart is the cardiac division of Ascension Saint Thomas, and is the largest adult cardiac surgery program in Middle Tennessee.  With more than 70 cardiac specialists, and over 45 locations throughout Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, Ascension Saint Thomas continues to lead with many firsts in Tennessee including:

  • Coronary/PCI Stenting
  • CABG
  • Heart Transplant
  • MitraClip
  • Watchman and NeoChord Technology
  • Cardiac MRI
  • CT-FFR
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement

Fellows in the UTHSC-Nashville Cardiovascular Disease program will train with Ascension Saint Thomas Heart’s expert cardiologists across Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital’s Midtown and West campuses.  Ascension Saint Thomas hospitals have been recognized for the following cardiac achievements:

  • HCMA Center of Excellence
  • AHA Bronze Award for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Joint Commission Chest Pain Certification
  • Joint Commission Advanced Ventricular Device (VAD) Certification
  • Truven Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals
  • Becker’s Top 100 Cardiac Hospitals

Ascension Saint Thomas Heart’s goal is to provide personalized, compassionate care close to home where patients benefit from the least invasive, most innovative options available.  Highlights include:

  • Region’s most comprehensive and experienced valve and structural heart program
  • TAVR Program is in the 90th percentile for volumes and quality in the country
  • Utilizing remote patient monitoring for heart failure patients to manage chronic conditions and prevent hospital readmissions
  • First in state to provide HeartFlow CT Fractional Flow Reserve, measuring which is non-invasive versus a diagnostic heart catheterization
  • Most experienced robotic assisted and minimally invasive cardiac surgery team in the state

Across its Midtown and West campuses, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital has more than 200,000 cardiology patient encounters annually.  Procedures provided by Ascension Saint Thomas Heart physicians include:

Valve Procedures

  • Robotic assisted minimally invasive surgery
  • Aortic and mitral valve repair
  • Mitral clip
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Transcatheter mitral valve replacement
  • Valve-in-valve transcatheter replacement
  • Tricuspid valve repair
  • Congenital valve procedures

Heart Failure Surgery/Procedures

  • Heart transplant
  • Ventricular assist device (VAD)
  • ECMO
  • CardioMEMS
  • Therapies for pulmonary hypertension
  • Total artificial heart (TAH)

Aortic Procedures

  • Aneurysm surgery
  • Surgery for aortic dissection
  • Endograft procedures for thoracic aortic disease

Atrial Fibrillation Procedures

  • Minimally invasive robotic-assisted MAZE
  • Surgical and catheter-based left atrial appendage occlusion
  • Pacemaker, defibrillator, loop recorder implantation
  • Catheter-based ablation

Coronary Artery Disease

  • Arterial graft revascularization
  • Hybrid approach
  • Off-pump CABG
  • Robotic-assisted minimally invasive CABG
  • Transmyocardial laser revascularization
  • Chronic total occlusion (CTO)
  • Complete high-risk intervention procedures (CHIP)

Other Procedures

  • Surgical and catheter-based treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiac tumor removal
  • Adult congenital surgery
  • Pulmonary embolectomy/thrombectomy

  • Robotic assisted minimally invasive surgery
  • Aortic and mitral valve repair
  • Mitral clip
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Transcatheter mitral valve replacement
  • Valve-in-valve transcatheter replacement
  • Tricuspid valve repair
  • Congenital valve procedures

  • Heart transplant
  • Ventricular assist device (VAD)
  • ECMO
  • CardioMEMS
  • Therapies for pulmonary hypertension
  • Total artificial heart (TAH)

  • Aneurysm surgery
  • Surgery for aortic dissection
  • Endograft procedures for thoracic aortic disease

  • Minimally invasive robotic-assisted MAZE
  • Surgical and catheter-based left atrial appendage occlusion
  • Pacemaker, defibrillator, loop recorder implantation
  • Catheter-based ablation

  • Arterial graft revascularization
  • Hybrid approach
  • Off-pump CABG
  • Robotic-assisted minimally invasive CABG
  • Transmyocardial laser revascularization
  • Chronic total occlusion (CTO)
  • Complete high-risk intervention procedures (CHIP)

  • Surgical and catheter-based treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiac tumor removal
  • Adult congenital surgery
  • Pulmonary embolectomy/thrombectomy

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