SCL Health is home to one of the best performing heart surgery programs in the United States and the highest-rated program of its kind in Colorado. With heart surgery programs at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver and Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, SCL Health offers a full range of surgical procedures including traditional open, minimally invasive, and transcatheter interventions.

As measured by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the preeminent authority for quality and outcomes reporting for heart surgery, SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute surgery programs are highly distinguished on both a local and national level as evidenced in the quality composite rating below:

Overall Composite Score Saint Joseph Hospital Lutheran Medical Center
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) ★★★
Better Than Expected

★★
As Expected

Aortic Valve Repair & Replacement (AVR) ★★
As Expected
★★
As Expected
Aortic Valve Repair & Replacement with Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (AVR + CABG) ★★
As Expected
★★
As Expected
Mitral Valve Repair & Replacement (MVRR) ★★★
Better Than Expected

Mitral Valve Repair & Replacement with Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (MVRR + CABG) ★★
As Expected
 

Clinical Care and Services

  • Bypass surgery including Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Valve surgery including Aortic Valve Repair & Replacement (AVR) and Mitral Valve Repair & Replacement (MVRR)
  • ASD and PFO closures for congenital heart defects
  • Maze surgery, such as Convergent, for chronic Afib
  • Transcatheter structural heart surgery

Program Candidates and Indications

Cardiothoracic surgery may be necessary to address severe or chronic heart problems that cannot be addressed with lifestyle changes, medication or nonsurgical procedures, including patients with:

  • Valvular heart disease or infection
  • Aortic valve stenosis, blockage or insufficiency
  • Mitral valve stenosis, blockage or insufficiency
  • Coronary artery occlusion or hardening requiring bypass surgery
  • Holes in the heart or atrial septal defects
  • Atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat requiring surgical ablation

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