Lehigh Valley Heart Institute
Danny Balon survived a “widow-maker” heart attack and didn’t miss a beat.
At Lehigh Valley Heart Institute, you have a partner willing and capable of taking on the toughest heart care challenges. Our team of heart specialists works collaboratively to share expertise and develop the best care plan based on your unique medical condition and personal preferences. More people in the region trust the Heart Institute with their cardiac care than any of our competitors, according to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.
Here’s what you can expect at the Heart Institute:
Consistent excellence: When you are faced with a heart emergency, LVHN has the most experienced cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in the region. Our experienced clinicians have helped thousands of people survive heart attack – we consistently rank among the best in the nation for heart attack survival.
Comprehensive and innovative treatments: LVHN was the region’s first to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and is recognized as a center for performing complex mitral valve repair surgery. We lead the region in the life-saving technology known as ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and have specialized programs in women’s heart health, sports cardiology, advanced heart failure technologies, peripheral vascular and venous care and rhythm disturbance care.
Unrivaled expertise: Many of our heart specialists have trained at the nation’s top heart programs. Our heart (cardiac) surgeons and lung (thoracic) surgeons are all board-certified, many having served fellowships or received additional training with leading programs. Interventional cardiology specialists at the Heart Institute are experts at performing minimally invasive procedures, such as angioplasty or stent placement. For patients with heart rhythm irregularities, such as atrial fibrillation (Afib), the Heart Institute’s electrophysiologists have the expertise and tools to precisely identify the location of the electrical abnormality and treat it.
Each of our specialists comes to the Heart Institute for the opportunity to provide personalized patient care, conduct leading-edge research and make a difference in the heart health of their patients and the communities they serve.
Dedicated teamwork: The Heart Institute is comprised of several multidisciplinary teams working together to treat complex conditions of the heart.
Comprehensive treatments: We offer the most advanced treatments available, including those still in clinical trial phase. Depending on your condition and needs, you may receive care at a Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) hospital or practice in your region or go to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest for certain treatments.
Care for complex problems: We bring together advanced technology and groundbreaking research to care for patients with complex cases of heart disease that many hospitals turn away. You only find this level of clinical expertise at the country’s top medical centers.
Convenience: We make it easy for you to get the care you need with more than 20 cardiology practices located throughout the region.
Heart imaging: Using the latest heart imaging technology helps our heart specialists see the source of your heart problems and make informed recommendations about your next steps.
Excellent patient care: Since 2002, LVH–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street, LVH–Muhlenberg, LVHN–Tilghman and Home Health and Hospice Services have earned Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This designation is the highest and most prestigious distinction a health care organization can achieve for nursing excellence and quality patient care. We’re the only Magnet-designated medical center in the region.
Second opinion for heart problems: Whether you are looking to confirm a recommendation from another hospital or have been told you have no other options, our second opinion service is available for you.
Support services: When you are a patient at Lehigh Valley Heart Institute, we offer support in many ways, including smoking cessation, financial services and patient support groups.