University Heart & Vascular Institute

From Walton Way heading southeast: Turn right onto St. Sebastian Way and continue to stop sign. Continue straight, and the H&VI is on the left.
From Walton Way heading northwest: Turn left onto St. Sebastian Way and continue to stop sign. Continue straight, and the H&VI is on the left.
From 13th Street: Cross Walton Way and follow RA Dent Boulevard. Turn right on St. Sebastian Way, and the H&VI is on the right.

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The Future of Heart and Vascular Care is here

The centerpiece of University's 10-year, $93 million renovation and expansion project is the Heart & Vascular Institute, which ushers in a new generation of heart and vascular diagnosis and treatment. Highlights of the center include the following:

  • all heart and vascular services together under the roof of a four-story, 188,000-square-foot Heart & Vascular Institute 
  • cardiac catheterization laboratories equipped with leading-edge digital diagnostics
  • operating rooms just a few feet away from the cath labs
  • 12,000-square-foot nationally accredited Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center, the largest and best equipped in this area
  • Diabetes Services for use in a multi-disciplinary approach to combating heart disease

The center allows for a more efficient delivery of care in 72 Universal Patient Rooms. These rooms resemble hotel suites equipped for clinical care, and are staffed by nurses trained to care for patients at all levels in their recovery. The rooms include the following:

  • the ability to bring care to patients in one room rather than moving them from room-to-room as their medical conditions change
  • transformable environments that appear homelike but contain the technology needed for critical care
  • family zones, allowing family members to take an active part in the healing process
  • beds that transform into chairs and can be rolled into others areas, even the bathroom
  • bar-coding technology to help ensure medication accuracy and bedside computerization to increase charting efficiency
  • technology that integrates patient communication, education and entertainment

As baby boomers age, University is ready to take care of their cardiovascular needs with the most extensive and experienced Heart & Vascular Institute in the region.

Depend on the Area's Most
Experienced Heart & Vascular Team

Consider these impressive numbers. University Hospital offers the largest, most comprehensive medical staff in the area. Its team of nearly 600 skilled physicians includes more cardiologists and cardiac surgeons than any area hospital.

These compassionate physicians continue a long tradition of "firsts." University developed the area's first cardiac catheterization program, performed the region's first minimally invasive mitral valve replacement surgery, performed the region's first angioplasty, and transplanted the first heart in Georgia. University also was the first hospital in Georgia to use drug-eluting stents and to operate a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program of its size and scope.

Today, University operates the biggest, most innovative heart and vascular service in the area, complete with state-of-the-art diagnostics, a renowned open-heart surgery  program and dedicated Stroke Unit.

Consumers Select University the Leader in Cardiac Care

Since 1999, the community has acknowledged our dedication to cardiac care by selecting University as the area's most preferred provider of heart care.

The Area's Most Advanced Technology

Our six cardiac catheterization labs are equipped with advanced technology, including two GE Innova 2000 All-digital Cardiovascular Imaging Systems and two GE 3100 All-Digital Cardiac-Peripheral Vascular Imaging Systems. These machines allow operators to zoom in on areas of interest, make adjustments for crisper, cleaner images and avoid the distortion of conventional X-rays so physicians can more accurately pinpoint the location and extent of clots or blockages. The result is more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatment plans.

A revolutionary step in the diagnosis of heart disease is University's 64-slice CT Scanner, the latest generation of CT technology. The 64-slice CT overcomes the movement of the heart and produces images that rival or outperform those gathered during cardiac catheterization. The noninvasive scans deliver clear, cross-sectional images of the heart muscle, valves and arteries. They help physicians determine if the walls of the arteries are lined with cholesterol or more advanced calcium-containing plaques. The scans also assist physicians in the following ways:

  • identifying with greater accuracy than ever before, plaque or cholesterol deposits that are prone to rupture and cause heart attacks
  • ruling out or discovering life-threatening tears in the aorta
  • accessing the arteries in the lungs

The 64-clice CT is the first technology that allows physicians to look at the coronary arteries, the lungs and the aorta all at the same time.

Specialists in Electrophysiology
and Pacemaker Calibration

One of University's cardiac catheterization labs is devoted exclusively to electrophysiology and pacemaker implantation. The lab is equipped with technology designed to diagnose or locate arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), including special electrode catheters that can conduct electrical impulses to and from the heart, locate heart rhythm problems, and record the heart's electrical signals. 

One of the Nation's Top Vascular Labs

Technologists in University's  Vascular Laboratory perform diagnostic testing of veins and arteries in the arms, legs, neck, head and abdomen. University's Vascular Laboratory is fully accredited in all five areas of testing by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories - a status attained by fewer than 2 percent of vascular laboratories in the United States. This means the lab performs its studies according to strict national standards.


  • The region's most experienced cardiothoracic surgery team, including skilled technicians and private practitioners
  • Cardiac catheterization unit with six labs and the latest digital technology
  • Vascular testing lab that is fully accredited by the Intrasocietal Commission for Accreditation for Vascular Laboratories, a recognition earned by fewer than two percent of facilities nationwide
  • Coronary care unit staffed by trained cardiac clinicians who carefully monitor heart patients using state-of-the-art equipment
  • Dedicated Stroke Unit that offers a multidisciplinary approach to care
  • Hospital-wide wireless telemetry, which allows patients who need heart monitoring to be placed in the hospital based on their primary diagnosis, yet have the security of heart monitoring
  • Emergency Department with cardiac monitoring in every room
  • Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center with an indoor track as well as aerobic and strength training equipment