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About UAB Cardiovascular Institute
There’s no such thing as an ordinary heart problem – especially when that heart belongs to you or someone you care about. Trust your heart to the Cardiovascular Institute at UAB Medicine, which is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. From high blood pressure to heart transplants and everything in between, our experts provide the full range of care for your heart.
The UAB Cardiovascular Institute is among the largest programs of its kind in the southeast and features the most advanced technology available. Our highly specialized physicians have extensive experience diagnosing and treating the heart and vascular conditions that they deal with on a daily basis. So no matter what heart condition you face, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.
The services offered by the UAB Cardiovascular Institute include:
UAB Medicine provides expert, personalized services from our general cardiology clinics at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, UAB Hospital-Highlands, and at our suburban clinic at Acton Road just off I-459. Specialists from UAB Medicine’s world-renowned team of cardiologists offer research-based care for coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, heart rhythm problems, valve disease, and other heart and vessel conditions.
UAB Preventive Cardiology helps patients determine their risk for heart disease, so that those who are most at risk can take steps toward better heart health, with the goal of preventing or postponing symptoms. For patients with existing heart disease, our specialists offer the latest treatments and work with you to manage your condition. Changes in lifestyle, diet and exercise – combined with medical and surgical treatments – can help minimize symptoms and keep them from coming back as often.
UAB Medicine has a long history of expert management and treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). The nationally recognized physician specialists at the UAB Hypertension Clinic are certified by the American Society of Hypertension, and they have decades of experience in evaluating and treating complex hypertension cases. We offer the newest hypertension therapies, which can include medications, devices, and lifestyle changes.
UAB Medicine electrophysiologists are regional and world leaders in diagnosing and treating heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias). We perform more than 600 procedures each year and have extensive knowledge in treating all types of complex arrhythmias. Our program performs pioneering work in ablation procedures to treat atrial fibrillation and in designing advanced pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators. We also are a leading participant in research studies to evaluate catheter ablation and implantable device therapy, which helps keep us on the leading edge of heart rhythm care.
Congenital Heart Disease Program
Treatment advances for congenital and structural heart disease have significantly increased the life expectancy for children born with heart problems. This is good news for patients, but it also means that they may face new heart problems as they get older, including arrhythmias, endocarditis, and heart failure. UAB Medicine’s Congenital Heart Disease Program features a team of pediatric and adult cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, cardiovascular anesthesiologists, and maternal/fetal medicine specialists who treat patients before birth, throughout childhood and adolescence, and into adulthood.
Structural Heart & Valve Program
The UAB Structural Heart & Valve Program is the first and largest in Alabama, providing continuing care for patients who have or are at risk for valve disease. Staffed by some of the nation’s most highly regarded physicians, our program provides expert diagnostic services and a range of treatment options. From aortic stenosis to mitral valve regurgitation, and from traditional open heart surgery to the latest in minimally invasive procedures and robotic-assisted valve repair surgery, UAB Medicine’s nationally recognized experts treat patients with all types of structural heart and valve disease. As an added service, individuals who have been told by non-UAB Medicine doctors that they need valve surgery can speak to our team for a second opinion.
Pulmonary Vascular Disease Clinic
UAB Medicine offers some of the most advanced treatments available for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Our Pulmonary Vascular Disease Clinic treats hundreds of patients each year and features a comprehensive team of specialists, including cardiothoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, rheumatologists, sleep disorder specialists, and a geneticist. UAB Medicine continues to expand the treatment options for patients with PAH, and we keep ourselves at the forefront of research through participating in clinical trials and screening patients to determine if they are eligible to enroll in these studies.
Heart Failure Program
There is no cure for heart failure, but the cardiac experts with the UAB Advanced Heart Failure Program can help you can get better. Our program is staffed by a comprehensive team of advanced heart failure specialists who are among the nation’s leaders in their field. We conduct clinical trials for medications and treatment devices that are not available at most medical centers.
Our team works directly with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include both medical and surgical options. Surgical options may include mechanical circulatory support devices such as a VAD (ventricular assist device), as well as heart and heart/lung transplantation.
Since the first heart transplant in the southeast was performed at UAB in 1981, the UAB Heart Transplant Program has evolved into one of the most distinguished programs of its kind in the nation. Building on that groundbreaking achievement, we have performed hundreds of heart transplants since that time.
Our long history of success stems from our highly skilled transplant team, dedication to patient care, and continued commitment to pioneering advances in heart transplantation. The UAB Heart Transplant Program is internationally recognized as one of the leading programs of its kind in the country, thanks to our outstanding patient survival rates and exceptional patient care.
From comprehensive care and surgical expertise to groundbreaking research, UAB Medicine is the region’s most advanced health care facility for treating the full range of cardiovascular and thoracic conditions. Thanks to our high standard of care, our Cardiothoracic Surgery Program is a national leader with a long history of excellence, and we perform thousands of open heart procedures each year. From neonatal care to end-stage heart disease and heart transplantation, our experts deliver patient-focused, compassionate, and personalized care.
Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy
When you choose UAB Medicine for your vascular condition, you receive care from physician specialists who are leaders in their field for some of the most complex vascular conditions. Our Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy Program is staffed by specialty-trained surgeons and physicians who have a highly successful track record in delivering the latest and most advanced treatment options. Our program actively conducts research and manages clinical trials, which often allows us to offer promising new treatments that are not available at most medical centers.
Vein Program & Vein Clinic
The UAB Vein Program treats the full range of venous conditions, from cosmetic issues such as spider and varicose veins to life-threatening disease. Outpatient care is provided through the UAB Vein Clinic at UAB Hospital-Highlands, and more intensive treatments are delivered at UAB Hospital. The only one of its kind in the state, the UAB Vein Program is staffed by specialty-trained physicians and surgeons who provide comprehensive evaluation, specialized treatment, and compassionate care for the health of your veins.
Women's Heart Health Clinic
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death among women in the United States, responsible for about one in every four female deaths. Unfortunately, nearly two-thirds of women who die suddenly of heart disease have no previous symptoms. The good news is that 80% of heart disease and stroke may be prevented through lifestyle changes, education, and proper medical care. At the Women’s Heart Health Clinic at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, we understand that women have unique risk factors and symptoms. Our experienced team of cardiac experts offers the full range of diagnostic and treatment services, to deliver personalized care and preventive services for women with all types of heart disease and possible risk factors.
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