CHI Memorial’s Heart and Vascular Center performs more open heart procedures than any other hospital in Chattanooga. Our experience lifts us above the ordinary as skilled surgeons, highly-trained staff, superior technology and patient support services combine for a mind-body-spirit care team that is second to none. All cardiac surgical procedures are performed at Memorial Hospital.
Coronary Artery Bypass
The Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) to bypass blockage in a coronary artery is the most commonly performed open-heart procedure in the United States. Surgeons use segments of the patient’s own veins and arteries to go around these blockages and deliver blood to the heart. CABGs have an overall success rate of almost 98 percent.
Valve damage is among the most common of heart problems. CHI Memorial offers patients the latest technologies for valve repair and valve replacement with success rates high above national averages. New, minimally-invasive techniques shorten hospital stays and recovery times.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that enables a collapsible aortic heart valve to be placed inside the heart. The Edwards SAPIEN Valve was the first TAVR therapy to receive FDA approval. CHI Memorial was one of the first hospitals in the nation to be approved to use the SAPIEN device.
To assess whether someone is a candidate for the transcatheter valve, patients with severe aortic valve disease are screened in CHI Memorial Hospital’s Heart Valve Program. This program is directed by a team of specially trained cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and imaging cardiologists who review possible candidates to determine if the TAVR is the best course of treatment for each individual patient.
Aortic Aneurysm Repair
An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal enlargement or bulging of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body, due to weakness in the vessel wall. CHI Memorial surgeons are skilled at replacing the weakened section of the thoracic aorta with a synthetic graft or tube to prevent the possibility of rupture and internal bleeding.