The section of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Augusta University Medical Center features a team of highly specialized surgeons who offer a complete range of cardiovascular surgeries, including:

  •  Mitral valve replacement and repair
  •  Coronary artery bypass, including "off pump" beating heart surgery
  •  Repair of congenital heart defects
  •  Mechanical assist device placement
  •  Aortic aneurysm surgery
  •  Endocardectomy to clear carotid arteries
  •  Bypass surgeries for peripheral vascular disease

Our renowned cardiothoracic surgeons play an integral role at our Heart and Cardiovascular Health Services Center, where we provide comprehensive, coordinated and team-based inpatient and outpatient care to patients with the full range of cardiovascular diseases, from arrhythmias to peripheral vascular disease, from heart attacks to carotid artery disease.

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Why young females with obesity are at early risk for cardiovascular disease

September 11, 2019JagWire

In the face of obesity, the sex hormone progesterone that helps females get and stay pregnant appears to also put them at increased, early risk for cardiovascular disease, investigators report.

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Respiratory therapists go above and beyond to manage new adult ECMO program

August 24, 2020JagWire

On a typical day, respiratory therapists move throughout the hospital providing pulmonary care, including administering breathing treatments, assisting with intubations and extubations, managing ventilators and ensuring patients can breathe well.

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AU Health’s new machine is aiding in COVID-19 pandemic

September 3, 2020WRDW

As COVID-19 started to spread, a new program was starting up at AU Health. It came at the perfect time to save lives. It’s called an ECMO machine, and what it stands for is hard to pronounce. But what matters is it’s giving people a second chance. “It does provide you an opportunity to improve the survival of patients,” Dr. Vijay Patel, a cardiothoracic surgeon, said. Patel has been involved since they started developing the adult ECMO program a year ago.

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An established therapy is now being used to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients at AUMC

September 3, 2020WJBF

Two respiratory therapists at Augusta University Medical center took the initiative to get certified on the ECMO machine, which acts as an iron lung or heart. They say it’s a game changer for Covid patients.

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AU Health heart surgery saves local man's life

February 9, 2022WFXG

A local man hospitalized for heart failure was discharged from AU Health after spending 6 weeks recovering from a newly done surgery. Erik Scheriber has been suffering from heart failure for nearly 10 years. AU Health staff cheered after he was able to go home after 6 long weeks in the hospital recovering from a successful heart surgery. His doctors say in the beginning they weren’t sure what would happen. One of his doctors Dr. Stephanie Dunlap says, "We had some tough times, some tough days.”

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AU Health’s LVAD program offers improved quality of life for patients with end-stage heart failure

February 10, 2022Augusta Health

Erik Schreiber is the first heart failure patient at AU Health to receive a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). After months of severe illness, he walked out of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. Carefully, Erik Schreiber rose out of his wheelchair and began walking toward the exit of the new Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at AU Health, fist-bumping health care workers who lined the halls celebrating his discharge.

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