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About UAB Cardiovascular Institute

There is 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 best. From hypertension to heart transplant, and everything in between, UAB's nationally ranked Cardiovascular Institute offers the full spectrum of cardiovascular care. 

Our highly specialized physicians are experts in the specific heart and vascular conditions they deal with on a daily basis, providing you with the best care available. No matter the heart condition you face, you can rest assured you’re in the best hands.

UAB Cardiovascular Institute provides care for patients with a variety of cardiovascular conditions through services, including:

General Cardiology
At UAB, you will receive expert, personalized primary cardiology services from our General Cardiology Clinics at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, at UAB Hospital-Highlands, and at our suburban center at Acton Road just off I-459. Specialists from UAB’s world-renowned team of cardiologists offer you the best evidence-based care for coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, rhythm disturbances, diseased valves, and other heart and vessel conditions.

Preventive Cardiology
UAB Preventive Cardiology helps patients determine their risk for heart disease, helps those who are at risk of developing heart disease take steps toward better heart health, and helps those with established heart disease prevent recurrent events.

If you are at risk for heart disease, there are several steps you can take to prevent or postpone the onset of symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, the specialists at UAB can work with you to treat your condition. Changes in lifestyle, diet and exercise combined with medical and surgical treatments can all work to alleviate symptoms and their recurrence.

Hypertension Clinic
UAB has a long history of leading-edge hypertension management and treatment. Physicians at the UAB Hypertension Clinic are certified as clinical specialists in hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension, and these doctors have decades of experience in evaluating and treating complicated hypertension cases. They offer the newest hypertension therapies, which can include medications, devices, and lifestyle changes, and they are nationally recognized experts in the treatment of hypertension that is secondary to hormonal, renal, and cardiovascular problems.

UAB electrophysiologists are regional and world leaders in the treatment of cardiac rhythm disturbances. We perform more than 600 procedures each year, and have extensive knowledge in treating all types of complex arrhythmias. Procedures are performed in the UAB Cardiovascular Institute, one of the largest centers of its kind in the Southeast, encompassing 55,000 square feet of the newest technology available.

At UAB you will be part of a program that performs pioneering work in the ablation of atrial fibrillation and in advanced pacemaker and cardioverter defibrillator design. We are also a leading participant in clinical trials that evaluate catheter ablation and implantable device therapy for faster, more efficient, diagnosis, and treatment. 

Congenital Heart Disease Program
Advances in the treatment of congenital and structural heart disease have seen the life expectancy for children with congenital heart disease increase substantially. While this is a positive development, adults with congenital heart disease face higher risks of developing new heart problems as they get older. These problems can include arrhythmias, endocarditis and heart failure.

UAB has a multidisciplinary team of pediatric and adult cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, cardiovascular anesthesiologists and maternal/fetal medicine specialists to treat patients from before birth into adulthood.

Structural Heart & Valve Program
The UAB Structural Heart & Valve Program is the first and largest in the state, providing continuing care for patients who have or are at risk for valve disease. Some of the nation’s most highly regarded physicians provide every patient a host of diagnosis and 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 benefits from nationally recognized experts in treating patients with structural heart and valve disease. As an added service, patients who have been told by non-UAB doctors that they need valve surgery can speak to a UAB valve surgeon for a second opinion.

Pulmonary Vascular Disease Clinic
UAB offers some of the most advanced treatments available for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Our clinic treats hundreds of patients each year and features a multidisciplinary team of pulmonary vascular specialists, including cardiothoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, rheumatologists, sleep disorder specialists, and a geneticist. UAB is rapidly expanding the treatment options for patients with PAH, and we keep ourselves at the forefront of research through participating in ongoing clinical trials and screening patients for eligibility and inclusion.

Heart Failure Program
There is no cure for heart failure, but by working with the cardiac experts at UAB, you can get better. The UAB Advanced Heart Failure Program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of advanced heart failure cardiologists, who are among the nation’s leaders in this specialty. We conduct clinical trials that often provide medications and treatment devices not available at most other centers.

We work directly with each heart failure patient to develop a personalized treatment plan. Medical and surgical options may be offered. Surgical options include a mechanical circulatory support device such as a VAD (ventricular assist device) as well as heart transplantation and heart-and-lung transplantation. 

Heart Transplant
The UAB Heart Transplant Program has evolved into one of the most distinguished programs of its kind in the nation since the first heart transplant in the Southeast was performed at UAB in 1981. Building on that groundbreaking achievement, hundreds of heart transplants have been performed at UAB since that time. 

Our long history of success is centered on 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 best transplant programs in the country because of our outstanding patient survival rates and exceptional patient care.

Cardiothoracic Surgery
For comprehensive care and surgical expertise as well as ground-breaking research, UAB is the region's most advanced health-care facility for treating cardiovascular and thoracic disorders. Our high standard of care is available for any cardiovascular and cardiothoracic illness or condition. We are a national leader in cardiothoracic surgery with a long history of excellence and perform thousands of open-heart procedures each year. From neonatal care to end-stage heart disease and heart transplantation, UAB offers not just the best expertise, but patient-focused, compassionate, and personalized care.

Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy
When you choose UAB to care for your vascular condition, you gain access to physicians who are leaders in their field for some of the most complex vascular conditions. UAB’s vascular physicians include specialty-trained surgeons and medical doctors who practice medicine with the latest in cutting-edge treatment options. They have a highly successful track record of treating vascular disease, and maintain a robust research area that also manages clinical trials, which often lead to new modes of advanced therapy long before these treatments are available to the general public.

Vein Program & Vein Clinic
The UAB Vein Program treats the full spectrum of venous conditions, ranging from the cosmetic, like spider and varicose veins, to more serious, life-threatening illnesses. Outpatient care is provided at the UAB Vein Clinic at UAB Hospital-Highlands and more intensive treatment at UAB Hospital. As the only program of its kind in the state, the UAB Vein Program is designed to care for a wide range of venous problems.