Interventional cardiology

Louisville’s interventional cardiology leader

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute is the leading provider of comprehensive life-saving minimally invasive heart procedures in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Our board-certified and fellowship-trained interventional cardiologists perform 1,500 percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures a year. A PCI can be a procedure to implant a stent, balloon a coronary artery or remove a blood clot, or other catheter-based diagnostics to assess the blood flow in the heart.

Our experience, extensive training and state-of-the-art equipment mean we have the ability to deliver unsurpassed heart care that gets you back to your life quickly.

Our interventional cardiologists are leaders in developing and applying innovative techniques to restore blood flow to the heart, using the latest in catheters and other minimally invasive technologies that often do not require an overnight stay.

Our team is dedicated to providing the latest treatment options focused on improving your quality of life. We remain at the forefront of the latest medical advancements and regularly rank high in key quality indicators.

Expertise when seconds count

When you have a heart attack, seconds count. The sooner blood flow is restored, the more your chance of survival improves and the less heart muscle damage. When it comes to heart attack, time is muscle; the quicker blood flow can be restored, the better the chances are for the heart muscle to recover.

One type of heart attack, called a STEMI, is particularly dangerous. With a STEMI heart attack, blood flow through a major artery to the heart is completely blocked, leaving your heart with no oxygen. That makes speedy care even more critical.

To deliver the fastest possible care, Norton Heart & Vascular institute collaborated with other health care providers, emergency management services, air transport providers and others to deliver the fastest possible care and formed the first regional STEMI Network.

One call mobilizes the entire team, with a goal of opening a blocked artery in less than 90 minutes after the patient seeks medical help.

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute regional STEMI Network provides lifesaving care as quickly as possible, regardless of your location. Our goal is to stabilize you wherever you seek help, transport you to one of our hospitals and get the coronary artery open and blood flow restored to your heart to prevent as much damage as possible.  We met this threshold for our patients more than 98 percent of the time last year.

Depending on the number of arteries blocked and the location of even a single blockage, some patients may need cardiothoracic surgery to perform a heart bypass.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC[) has recognized Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Hospital as designated Chest Pain Centers with PCI, and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital as a Chest Pain Center. The American Heart Association awarded its Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Gold award to Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Brownsboro Hospital. The American Heart Association awarded its Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Silver award to Norton Hospital . These awards are granted when certain criteria and data are met for the care and service of the STEMI population, the most severe type of heart attack.

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute continues a history of innovation that includes the world’s second artificial heart transplant in 1984 at Norton Audubon Hospital. Since then, Norton Audubon Hospital has been recognized by the ACC as a national leader in advances in chest pain and heart attack treatment.

Norton Audubon, Norton Brownsboro Hospital, Norton Hospital and Norton Women’s &  Children’s Hospital are all accredited as Chest Pain Centers by the American College of Cardiology.

Heart and vascular care for the whole person

We offer classes, events and support groups for patients and families. To register for any activity, call (502) 629-1234

  • Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Resource Center offers classes on topics ranging from tai chi to living a full life with heart failure.
  • Circle of Hearts:A free education series dedicated to offering education and support for women with heart disease
  • Heart Support Group:After-surgery recovery programs for cardiovascular patients from Norton Heart & Vascular Institute
  • Vascular Support:Services and additional treatments for patients with any type of vascular condition
  • WomenHeart:Trained heart disease survivors who provide recovery plans for women with heart disease
  • Heart Strings: A support program for  new moms with heart disease risk factors
  • Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation: Medically supervised exercise program and education for patients struggling with respiratory ailments or recovering from a cardiac event
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.

About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists treat more cardiovascular patients — about 100,000 every year — than any provider in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

  • Our board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from Louisville’s leader.
  • We have more than 45 board-certified cardiovascular physicians and 30 advanced practice providers. Through training and years of experience, they specialize in areas such as cardiology, interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, electrophysiology, advanced heart failure and vascular surgery.
  • We offer same-day new patient appointments.
  • We have 27 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 clinical sites in the region.
  • We have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from the largest cardiovascular care provider in the state.
  • The American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services certifies Norton Healthcare for chest pain and atrial fibrillation care.
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