Dedicated Heart and Vascular Program 

Augusta University Cardiovascular Center for Heart Care is the only academic medical center in the region with a dedicated heart and vascular program and has earned the reputation for excellence in cardiovascular care. Our highly trained and experienced team treats patients of all ages, including children, with any heart or vascular condition – from routine to the most complex issues.

Regardless of your symptoms or diagnosis, you can count on us to provide you with the highest quality of care and cutting-edge treatment options. At Augusta University Cardiovascular Center for Heart Care, our specialized team includes board-certified and fellowship-trained:

  • Cardiologists
  • Advanced Heart Failure Cardiologist
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeons
  • Electrophysiologists
  • Interventional Cardiologists
  • Pediatric Cardiologists
  • Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeons
  • Vascular Surgeons
  • Certified Cardiac Nurse Practitioners
  • Cardiology Physician Assistants

Advanced Imaging Technology for Diagnostic Excellence

We offer the most advanced imaging technology for the diagnosis of any heart condition, and our team also has the expertise to determine what types of preventive therapies or treatments you may need. As the region’s only hospital accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission in adult transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, and stress echocardiography, we provide the expertise necessary for improved outcomes. Some of the heart tests we offer include echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, stress tests, coronary calcium screenings, coronary CT angiograms and cardiac MRI studies.

Specialized Treatments for Personalized Care

Augusta University Medical Center is the first and only hospital in the area to receive Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation by the American College of Cardiology. Our team can increase your chances of surviving a heart attack by providing hypothermia if needed. We provide immediate treatment in the event you experience heart attack symptoms such as discomfort or pressure in the chest, nausea or vomiting, stomach pain, and shortness of breath.

In addition to our Chest Pain Center, Augusta University Cardiovascular Center for Heart Care features a Heart Rhythm Center to treat arrhythmias which occur when your heart beats too quickly or irregularly. Arrhythmias can be caused by lifestyle habits such as smoking, certain underlying conditions and heart disease. Our Heart Rhythm Center is an invaluable resource if you are living with atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, supraventricular tachycardia, heart failure, or other complex heart conditions affecting your heart rhythm.

If based on your individualized diagnosis and treatment recommendations, surgery is necessary, you can count on our surgical expertise for heart or vascular issues. Our skilled surgical team provides expert care, including support services such as Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO support for both children and adults. As pioneers in ECMO technology, this life-saving mechanism provides circulatory support either before or during surgery.

Expert Care for Chronic Total Occlusions (CTO)

Providers at Augusta University Medical Center offer a highly complex approach to treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD).  When CAD is present, coronary arteries become blocked or narrowed, limiting the flow of blood to the heart muscle. Often times this narrowing is caused by plaque buildup, which is so dense, the normal technology used during cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention supplies will not work.  CTO’s occur when this dense plaque builds up for three months or more. Symptoms include: 

  • Chest pain, tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the upper arm or jaw
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Patients that may benefit from treatments of CTO’s are those that still experience symptoms of CAD after multiple procedures including stenting and coronary artery bypass graph (CABG) or open-heart surgery.  Other patients that may benefit from CTO procedures are those that are have been told that there is nothing else that can be done to alleviate the symptoms.    

Treatment of CTO’s is similar to other percutaneous coronary interventions using stents and balloons except the providers skills and supplies are different.  CTO’s are opened in the cardiac cath lab much like that of a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).  After the CTO is opened, a stent is placed to hold the artery open.

Interventions on CTO’s require providers with advanced skills and technology.  The specially trained interventional cardiologists at AUMC are leaders in their field and here to provide superior care.  Our providers will collaborate with you to determine your best course of treatment.

Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Services

To expedite your recovery after a heart event, reduce your risk of future heart problems, and improve your overall health, you can depend on our cardiac rehabilitation program. Conveniently located in one of our freestanding outpatient clinics, our team will guide your care with the heart expertise you need.

Working together for improved heart health, our cardiac rehabilitation program is the only one in the area that provides a specialized team and the resources needed to achieve your goals, including:

  • Board-certified physicians
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Registered nurses with a specialty in cardiac care
  • Advanced exercise equipment
  • Indoor track
  • Variety of classes
  • Support group of heart disease patients

Request a Same-Day Appointment Today

To find out what makes Augusta University Cardiovascular Center for Heart Care the premier heart and vascular center in the area, call us at 706-721-2426 to request a same-day appointment. Ask about our convenient locations so you can access care close to home.