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Cardiac Surgery

A Message from the Chief, Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute

Closely affiliated with the Columbia University College of Physicians and Michael Coady, MD, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Stamford HospitalSurgeons, the Division of Cardiac Surgery in the Stamford Health Heart and Vascular Institute consistently achieves the highest national standards of excellence.  Led by cardiac surgeons with extensive training and leadership backgrounds from the most prestigious academic programs in the country, including the Stanford University, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Yale University, the Stamford cardiac surgical team provides world-class, state-of-the art cardiac surgical services in an intimate, patient-focused environment.  Each member of our team is focused on one goal: to provide you and your family with exceptional, meticulous surgical expertise and concierge-level attention.

Michael Coady, MD

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What are some reasons to have heart surgery?

Cardiac surgery in adults focuses on three major areas of heart disease: coronary artery disease, valve disease, and aortic aneurysms. Other areas include treatment for atrial fibrillation, congenital defects, and heart failure. Our team offers expertise in all of these areas and is particularly skilled in providing you with the information you need to actively participate in your own care. Our results consistently match or exceed national benchmarks established by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the most widely recognized resource for safety and quality in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

Heart Conditions We Treat

What makes cardiac surgery at Stamford Health unique? 

The cardiac surgical care team at Stamford Health uniquely combines the sophistication and resources of large academic centers with the more intimate patient- and family focus found in high-quality community hospitals.  The new Stamford Hospital is an ultramodern facility, with the most modern, high-end equipment and operating rooms along with quality private rooms.  The cardiac surgical team is a cohesive, highly experienced group of professionals dedicated solely to cardiac surgery, including a nurse coordinator who provides every patient with personal concierge-level guidance throughout your journey, from the initial consultation, through your hospital stay, and recovery after discharge.  A member of our team will be with you in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

In addition to partnering with your cardiologist and primary care physician, our team enjoys close working relationships with a team of accomplished cardiologists, anesthesiologists, intensive care unit physicians, radiologists, nurses, and physical therapists at the ready to assist with your care. Most important, however, is our priority to provide you and your family with the attention and time to feel fully engaged in your care, including having a complete understanding of your heart disease and making the important decisions. 

Because we understand the prospect of cardiac surgery can be frightening, we make sure you have access to Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster™, an evidence-based mind-body stress reduction program that gives you the tools to reduce your anxiety before and well beyond your surgery. The program is available at Stamford Health’s Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness.

We'll also set you up with our cardiac rehabilitation program to get you back to the active lifestyle you deserve after surgery.

Types of heart surgery we provide: 

  • Heart Valve Repair or Replacement: When valves are damaged or diseased, they might need to be repaired or replaced. Our cardiac surgeons perform TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement), aortic valve repair and replacement and mitral valve repair and replacement 
  • Heart Ablation: A combination of minimally invasive surgery and catheter ablation to treat atrial fibrillation.
  • Heart Bypass: Also called coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), this surgery involves the grafting of a healthy artery or vein from the body to build detours (or bypasses) around the blocked coronary artery to improve blood flow to the heart
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumors: Heart tumors are rare, but can present unexpected symptoms. Our team is skilled in the surgical treatment of these tumors.

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