Heart & Vascular Center
Heart & Vascular Care for Complex Cases
Chronic total occlusion (CTO) does not necessarily cause chest pain. When Jim Rohan was getting winded playing golf, he just shrugged this off as a normal sign of aging. He had no idea that a blocked artery was threatening not just his golf game, but his life.
Some cardiologists find CTO too difficult to treat. At UVA, we handle complex cases every day.
Watch what happened when we treated Jim's chronic total occlusion.
Patient-Focused Heart Care
Diagnoses & Imaging
The right diagnosis can make the difference. Our diagnostic options include non-invasive tests like cardiac MRI. We also offer new imaging tools to help us diagnose and treat your heart or vascular condition like cardiac PET, a type of nuclear imaging that uses very low doses of radioactivity to look at your heart.
Find out if you are one of the 1.3 million Americans who have inherited some form of heart or vascular disease. We can identify and address your risk through screening services at our Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic.
Convenient Heart Clinic Locations
You don't just have to visit us at the hospital. Make an appointment at other locations throughout Central Virginia, including clinics in Zion Crossroads, Fishersville, Culpeper and Ivy.
Catch Vascular Disease Sooner
Early detection and treatment of vascular disease can reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke.
New MR-Conditional ICD Device
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) treat dangerous heart rhythms. But routine MRIs aren’t recommended for patients with ICDs.
UVA is the first in the state to implant a new type of ICD (Medtronic Evera MRI SureScan® ICD System) that allows patients to have routine MRI scans. A major advance, these new devices, called MR-conditional ICDs, provide critical therapy for fast and slow heart rhythms.
Read more about ICDs.
The Latest Research & News
Heart Valve Surgery
UVA's cardiac valve surgeons are among the most experienced in the nation. They perform traditional heart valve surgery and offer minimally invasive heart valve surgery.
Heart Failure Research
New research at UVA recently showed which heart failure patients would benefit from a special kind of pacemaker-defibrillator.
New Ideas About Artery Plaque
UVA researchers have uncovered new information about the leading cause of death worldwide, atherosclerosis.