Patient Care

Adult Cardiac Surgery

People with heart disease almost always need care from a cardiologist. A cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of heart diseases. For some patients with heart disease, surgery is the best treatment option. When heart surgery is necessary, Vanderbilt has one of the country's best teams ready to help.

Services and Treatment

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Pre-operative guide


Post-operative guide

Vanderbilt's heart surgeons are among the best in the country, and they train other surgeons who want to specialize in cardiac surgery. Our surgeons treat patients of all ages, including infants.

Surgery might be required for many reasons, including:

Our cardiac surgery services fall into four major categories:

Locations and appointment information

We handle a full range of heart conditions, from second opinions on heart murmurs to heart surgery and heart transplants. Our specialists can diagnose and treat heart problems even before a baby is born. Some of the conditions we diagnose and treat include:

Aortic Stenosis
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
Atrioventricular Septal Defect (AVSD)
Coarctation of the Aorta
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Kawasaki Disease
Marfan's Syndrome

Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Rheumatic Heart Disease
Supraventricular Tachycardia - SVT
Tetralogy of Fallot
Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA)
Tricuspid Atresia
Truncus Arteriosus
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)