Cardiac Surgery and Procedures
Lehigh Valley Health Network cares for more heart patients than any other hospital in our area at its Charles Chrin Heart and Vascular Center locations in Allentown and Bethlehem. Over the last decade, we’ve performed more than 16,000 cardiac surgeries, one of the highest patient volumes in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) ranks Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest among the three busiest programs in the commonwealth for coronary artery bypass and valve surgery. Since 2002, the hospital’s survival rates for CABG surgery have been better than the state average according to PHC4.
Interventional cardiologists perform catheter-based treatments of structural heart diseases to find and treat problems in the arteries and the heart. These specialists can evaluate the heart muscle, coronary arteries and heart valves, performing procedures primarily in a cath lab. LVHN operates seven cardiac catheterization laboratories at our heart and vascular centers in Allentown and Bethlehem. Over the last five years, the interventional team has performed more than 50,000 diagnostic, therapeutic and peripheral procedures.
Next StepTo learn more about cardiac surgery and procedures, call 888-402-LVHN to find a surgeon.
Four of LVHN’s campuses – Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–Muhlenberg; LVH–17th Street and LVH–Hazleton – are accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care as Chest Pain Centers. LVH–Cedar Crest and LVH–Muhlenberg are Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Centers.
Our MI Alert program, MI Alert for Heart Attacks, began in 1997. The teamwork of our physicians and staff, our LVHN MedEvac helicopters and area first responders has resulted in average door-to-balloon times in the one-hour range, well below the nationally recognized 90-minute “gold standard.”
Common procedures involving an interventional cardiologist include:
- Angioplasty – intervention for coronary artery disease
- Valvuloplasty – expanding narrowed cardiac valves
- Congential heart defect – corrections of defects opening and closing as needed
- Percutaneous (minimally invasive) valve repair and replacement – alternatives to open heart surgery
- Coronary thrombectomy – removal of clots from coronary arteries