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Heart and vascular surgery

Cardiovascular surgeons work to repair damage done to the heart and blood vessels. Damage can be caused by heart diseases or disorders, including heart failure and congenital heart defects. Surgery is a vital part of treatment for many heart conditions.

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Heart surgeons in Richmond, Virginia

Our experienced cardiovascular surgeons are here for you.

The Levinson Heart Institute at Chippenham Hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to cardiac procedures, creating a treatment plan that's tailored to your unique healthcare needs. Our elite, experienced surgeons work hard to give you high-quality surgical heart care.

Curious about your heart health?

We want to help you stay on top of your health and stop cardiac problems before they start. If you have a family history of heart disease or heart attacks, take our heart health assessment.

We want to help you stay on top of your health and stop cardiac problems before they start. If you have a family history of heart disease or heart attacks, take our heart health assessment.

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Heart and vascular surgeries we offer

We offer a wide range of cardiac surgery options to help you get back to living a happy, healthy life.

Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)

Over time, plaque in your arteries can harden, narrow and even rupture, causing blood clots to form. Blood clots can mostly or completely block blood flow through a coronary artery, which can lead to a heart attack. Surgical procedures such as CABG can be performed to lower your risk of a heart attack. Also known as a heart bypass or bypass surgery, CABG uses a blood vessel to go around a blockage in your artery. During surgery, your surgeon may take a piece of vein from your leg, wrist or other artery and attach one end above the blockage and one end below.


Valve replacement for aortic valve stenosis

The aortic valve is located between the left ventricle of the heart and the aorta — the largest artery that supplies blood throughout the body.

Aortic valve stenosis, also known as aortic stenosis, is a narrowing of your aortic valve opening. This can block blood from going to your heart, which can cause pressure and a backup of blood flow. The condition can range from mild to severe.

Symptoms of aortic stenosis may include:

  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain, pressure or tightness
  • Decline in activity level or reduced ability to do normal activities that require mild exertion
  • Fainting (syncope)
  • Palpitations or a feeling of heavy, pounding or noticeable heartbeats

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

TAVR is a minimally invasive surgery used to treat aortic stenosis by replacing old, damaged valves. Because the replacement valve is fully collapsible, your surgeon can use a catheter (a thin, flexible tube) to place it in the valve site, requiring only a small incision. We were the first hospital in Richmond to perform this procedure, and our dedicated cardiovascular surgeons have found TAVR to be an incredibly effective option for improving quality of life.


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Are you concerned about your heart health? Find one of our skilled heart surgeons easily online. Or if your primary care doctor has concerns related to your arteries or blood vessels, search for one of our experienced vascular surgeons.

Thomas's story: A TAVR patient

Thomas has been a patient at Chippenham Hospital several times, and he recently underwent a TAVR procedure. Watch this video to learn about Thomas's journey and how TAVR has helped improve his quality of life.

Dr. James Garnett, Interventional Cardiologist

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