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Leading heart care in Middle Tennessee

From heart scans to heart surgery, get the advanced care you need at Ascension Saint Thomas Heart. Schedule with a cardiologist.
Your heart care is important. To deliver personalized care, your cardiologist at Ascension Saint Thomas starts by listening to understand you, your health history and your goals. We take the time to answer all your questions — big and small. Remember to tell your doctor how you are feeling at each visit. By getting to know you, we deliver heart care that’s right for you.

Cardiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating heart diseases, including:

When you choose Ascension Saint Thomas, you are getting leading heart care. Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital is recognized as “High Performing” in every cardiology procedure and condition evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, including abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), heart attack, heart bypass surgery, heart failure and more. And Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford is recognized as “High Performing” in heart failure care.

From screenings and managing chronic heart conditions, to more advanced care and heart and vascular surgery, we’re here for you. With cardiologists and surgeons trained in the latest heart care testing, treatment and procedures, and as part of a national network, you have access to advanced heart care. And ask about a virtual (online) visit for your first consultation and as part of your ongoing care.

Woman with grandchild.Understanding your heart health

Knowing if you’re at risk for heart disease could help save your life. And a simple heart screening can help you and your doctor better understand your heart health. Talk to a cardiologist to see if a heart screening is right for you.

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*A heart scan is not for everyone. It is not recommended for routine screening of people who do not have symptoms of heart disease and have a low risk of heart attacks. Some heart disease risk factors include hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use and a family history of heart disease.

Advanced heart care

As your heart care needs change, we’re ready with the care that’s right for you, from routine care to advanced heart care. Your doctors, specialists and care team at Ascension Saint Thomas Heart collaborate, working together for you and with you. Your doctor understands your healthcare needs and goals. And all your caregivers are communicating as a team.

If your doctor recommends surgery as part of your care plan, we’re here for you. Heart surgeons specialize in minimally invasive heart surgery. Our advanced heart care and surgery offerings include TAVR, MitraClip™, WATCHMAN™ and ablation. Using small incisions, minimally invasive surgery helps shorten your recovery time and lower your risk of infection. Together, your team of doctors delivers advanced care to help improve your heart function.

Ask for a second opinion on your condition, diagnosis or care plan

Get the confidence and peace of mind that your doctor and cardiovascular care plan are right for you. It's easy to get a second opinion at Ascension Saint Thomas. We can review your medical records and healthcare history to answer your questions and discuss options. 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 or therapeutic treatment plan, there’s a lot to think about. 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.

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Frequently asked questions about heart care

  • When should I talk to a heart doctor?

    Getting the right heart care at the right time is critical for your health. Chest pain, shortness of breath, fluttering in your chest, swelling in your legs, dizziness and fatigue are all symptoms of heart disease. When you notice new symptoms, talk to a heart doctor. From routine care to complex heart conditions, our heart doctors and care teams are here for you. They take the time to understand you and your health, to provide heart care that’s right for you. We use a range of care options from preventive heart care to complex and advanced surgical techniques.

  • What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

    A heart attack doesn’t always start with severe chest pain. If you think you or a loved one may be having a heart attack, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away. Pay attention to these heart attack symptoms:

    • Chest pain or discomfort
    • Lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting
    • Jaw, neck or back pain
    • Discomfort or pain in arm or shoulder
    • Shortness of breath

     

 

Financial assistance and support is available

We can connect you with resources and programs that may be able to help you and your family with options for financial assistance. Our financial counseling team is here to listen to your concerns and work with you to help find options that meet your needs.

If you are experiencing chest pain, especially in combination with jaw or arm pain, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting or difficulty breathing, you might be having a heart attack. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

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