What is cardiovascular surgery?

Cardiovascular surgery is surgery on the heart or great vessels performed by cardiac surgeons. Most often, it is done to treat complications of heart disease, correct congenital heart disease or treat valvular heart disease. Many times, a diagnosis of heart disease begins with your primary care doctor, who refers you to a cardiologist. If your cardiologist decides that you need surgery, he or she refers you to a cardiovascular surgeon.

Our comprehensive array of services includes:

  • Heart valve repair & replacement
  • Heart defect repair (18+)
  • Aortic mitral & tricuspid valve repair/replacement
  • Minimal access cardiac surgery
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Aneurysm repair
  • Maze procedure
  • Treatment for coronary artery disease or blockages of the arteries in the heart
  • Treatment for blockages in one of the heart valves
  • Treatment for leaking heart valve(s)
  • Treatment for abnormal enlargement or aneurysms of the large arteries in the chest
  • Treatment for heart failure
  • Treatment for atrial fibrillation

What is the difference between cardiovascular and thoracic surgery?

Cardiac or cardiovascular surgery focuses on the heart and great vessels. General thoracic surgery treats diseases of the lungs, esophagus, chest wall, and mediastinum. Congenital heart surgery focuses on infants and children with heart disease. Cardiothoracic surgery is the most inclusive term used to describe the specialty, irrespective of a particular surgeon’s area of focus and expertise, and can be used interchangeably with the term thoracic surgery.


IHA Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery