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Choose a leader in heart surgery in Northern Florida

More people trust us for their heart care. See what makes Ascension St. Vincent’s in Jacksonville a provider of advanced surgical care for your heart.

When you have a heart condition, surgery may be recommended as part of your care plan. Cardiovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists at Ascension St. Vincent’s deliver surgical treatments to help open clogged arteries, restore blood flow to the heart, repair leaky heart valves and more. Whenever possible, your doctor uses minimally invasive, catheter-based surgery. But sometimes open-heart surgery is recommended. As the leader in heart care, heart surgeons at Ascension St. Vincent’s perform the most cardiac surgeries and procedures in the region -- from minimally invasive procedures to open-heart surgeries.

Each appointment starts with a conversation between you and your heart surgeon. We listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Then, we work with you on a surgical care plan that’s right for you – from surgery to recovery and cardiac rehabilitation.

We specialize in heart procedures to:

  • Bypass damaged arteries and graft new ones into the heart (CABG)
  • Open clogged coronary arteries (angioplasty, with balloon or stent)
  • Repair damage from a heart trauma or a hole in the heart
  • Replace or repair a leaky heart valve (TAVR)
  • Restore normal heart rhythm due to chronic AFib 
  • Treat a heart infection

With cardiologists and surgeons trained in the latest heart care testing, treatment and procedures, you are connected to advanced heart care close to home.

A multispecialty team, dedicated to your heart care

When you choose Ascension St. Vincent’s for your heart surgery, you have an experienced team dedicated to your care. Your multispecialty care team may include a cardiologist, cardiac surgeon, dietitian, nurse practitioner, social worker and more. Your specialists and care team collaborate, working together with you and for you.

Minimally invasive surgery may be an option for your care, often meaning a shorter recovery time and lower risk of infection. If open-heart surgery is recommended as part of your care plan, our surgeons have the expertise to provide the advanced heart care you need. Together, your team of doctors delivers advanced heart and vascular care to help improve your heart function.

Open-heart surgery recovery unit dedicated to your care

After surgery, you recover in our dedicated open-heart surgery recovery unit with experienced specialists, specialized cardiac nurses and care teams. Our care teams use advanced technology to monitor your heart during recovery. 

Your care team takes the time to listen to you and your family. We answer your questions and explain what to expect as you recover. Your doctor creates a recovery plan that gets you back to enjoying time with your loved ones. 

Get a second opinion from a cardiovascular surgeon

Get the confidence and peace of mind that your doctor and cardiovascular care plan is right for you. It's easy to get a second opinion at Ascension St. Vincent’s. We can review your medical records and healthcare history to answer your questions and discuss options for heart surgery. Talk with one of our doctors about a personalized heart care plan.

When you are facing a new diagnosis or are deciding on a surgical treatment plan, there’s a lot to think about. If you are looking for a second opinion for advanced heart care, our cardiologists can also connect you with the right specialists for minimally invasive surgery, including TAVR,CABG, and ablation. Our heart and vascular specialists can provide a second opinion, based on our experience and as part of a national care team.

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered. We can request your medical records on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.


Refer your patient to a heart surgeon

Your patients can expect compassionate, personalized care from the moment our specialists connect with them. Our heart surgeons start by listening to fully understand your patient’s needs and to develop an individualized care plan. To make a doctor referral, please call 904-384-3343.

Frequently asked questions about heart surgery

  • What does heart surgery do?

    Heart surgery is a medical procedure that helps repair problems with your heart. Your doctor may recommend surgery to repair or replace coronary arteries and heart valves, implant medical devices to improve an irregular heartbeat or repair damaged structures in the heart. Transplant is offered at some Ascension sites of care. Our transplant surgeons may replace a damaged heart with a healthy heart from a donor. Whenever possible, our heart surgeons deliver advanced surgical care from minimally invasive procedures to open-heart surgery.

  • What are the different types of heart surgery?

    Minimally invasive surgery, such as angioplasty, TAVR, MitraClip™, and stent placement, may be an option for your care. This type of surgery may mean a shorter recovery time and lower risk of infection. Sometimes your doctor may recommend open-heart surgery as the best option for your care plan. When you choose Ascension sites of care, your surgeons and care teams deliver a personalized surgical care plan. Your care from surgery to recovery and beyond is connected. Together, your team of doctors deliver advanced heart and vascular care to help improve your heart function.

    Our cardiologists, heart surgeons and vascular specialists have expertise in the latest cardiovascular testing, treatments and procedures:

    • Atrial fibrillation (AFib) ablation, cardioversion and WATCHMAN™
    • Cardiac angioplasty and stent placement
    • Heart valve replacement and repair (such as TAVR and MitraClip™)
    • Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD)
    • Open-heart surgery, such as coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), maze AFib surgery, ventricular assist device (VAD) and heart transplantation
    • Structural heart damage repair, including aneurysm repair

    Talk to your doctor about heart surgery options that are right for you.

  • What is the most common heart surgery?

    Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is the most common type of heart surgery done nationwide. At our surgical centers and hospitals, your heart surgeon may recommend CABG as part of your surgical care plan. During the surgery, your surgeon replaces a clogged coronary artery by taking a healthy artery or vein from elsewhere in your body. That artery is connected to the heart muscle to bypass the clogged artery. CABG can be done on one to four arteries to help improve heart function.

  • What happens after heart surgery?

    Recovery after heart surgery may be different for each person and type of surgery. Whenever possible, minimally invasive techniques may be used. Minimally invasive procedures may help shorten your recovery time and lower your risk of complications. For some conditions and types of surgeries, there may be a longer recovery. Some Ascension hospitals may have cardiac intensive care units and cardiac rehabilitation to support your care and recovery when needed. Talk with your doctor about your surgical care plan and ask questions about what you can expect and how to prepare for care at home and life after surgery.

  • Is heart catheterization an open-heart surgery?

    Cardiac catheterization, also called cardiac angiogram, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, not an open-heart surgery. To reach the heart, your interventional cardiologist inserts a thin, flexible tube through an artery in the groin, arm or neck. This tube allows your doctor to check for partial or total blockages in the artery. During an angiogram catheterization, your doctor can also measure blood pressure within the heart and evaluate the blood flow through your heart’s chambers.

  • How do I find a heart surgeon near me?

    When you are facing a serious diagnosis or deciding on a surgical treatment plan, there is a lot to think about. If you are looking for a second opinion for advanced heart care, talk with one of our heart surgeons. Minimally invasive or open-heart surgery may be recommended as part of your care plan. Find a cardiothoracic surgeon.