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MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center

Heart and vascular problems are seen too frequently in the United States. In an effort to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of such conditions, MUSC is proud to host a high-quality heart center. The MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center boasts some of the world’s best cardiovascular specialists and heart experts – and South Carolina’s only full-service heart and vascular center.

Issues of the heart are serious and often life-threatening. Don't trust them with just anyone. With leading-edge services and procedures, there’s no doubt that the MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center is where your heart should be.

The MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center boasts some of the world’s best heart experts.

Read more about our heart and vascular Center in this Fact Sheet (pdf).

MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center is considered one of the nation's best:

  • Ranked by U.S. News and World Report (2012-2013) in both Adult and Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery
  • We treat more than 14,000 patients each year and our outcomes are among the best in the country, according to the University Hospital Consortium.
  • Our Heart and Vascular Center is South Carolina’s most preferred institution for heart care, according to the National Research Corporation (NRC).
  • Board-certified physicians and heart surgeons from all related specialties team up in one place at our Heart & Vascular Center to coordinate a specific treatment plan for each patient at the heart center.
  • We have the most advanced technology and imaging equipment.
  • Our nationally accredited Chest Pain Center delivers quick and accurate assessments of heart problems in the earliest critical stages.
  • We participate in national clinical trials, offering the newest therapies and translating basic research into applications that immediately benefit patients.
  • More than 20 years ago, we performed the state’s first heart transplantation at our heart center. Today, our heart and vascular center is the only one in the state that offers heart transplants, HeartMate II (left-ventricular assistive device) and surgery for inherited heart problems.
  • In 2006, MUSC became one of the first hospitals in South Carolina to implement the Hypothermia After Cardiac Arrest Protocol, and continues to use the treatment for eligible cardiac arrest patients

 

Heart & Vascular Services

Learn more about some of the programs and services offered at MUSC Health's Heart & Vascular Center by reviewing the specific program webpages listed below.

 

Adult Congenital Heart Program

MUSC Health's strategic approach to treating adults with congenital heart defects combines the expertise of our top pediatric cardiologist with that of an adult cardiologist specially trained in treating congenital heart disease.

Advanced Heart Failure Program

Our Advanced Heart Failure Program is the statewide referral center for congestive heart failure treatment in South Carolina. This program cares for patients whose lives are affected by heart failure and offers hope in the form of specialized medical and surgical therapy.

Arrhythmia Center

The Frank P. Tourville Sr. Arrhythmia Treatment Center provides comprehensive clinical, research and education programs to treat the growing incidence of cardiac arrhythmia, which is among the top reasons for hospitalizations in South Carolina and the United States.

Cardiac Surgery

Our experienced cardiac surgeons perform many types of procedures including minimally invasive coronary bypass, open heart surgery and valve surgeries.

Cardiovascular Health Program

The Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program is dedicated to improving cardiovascular health by offering one-stop access to a full range of preventive cardiology services including cardiovascular disease programs.

Chest Pain Center

As a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center, our patients are fast-tracked upon arrival for immediate care, offering the best chances for survival.

Pediatric Heart Program

The pediatric cardiology and surgical specialists at MUSC Children's Hospital provide inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, treatment and follow-up services for a full range of pediatric cardiovascular disorders.

South Carolina Heart Valve Center

Look to the MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center for high-quality treatment from experienced cardiovascular specialists.

Vascular Services

MUSC Health offers the full spectrum of detection, monitoring and therapies for circulatory disorders, including arteriosclerosis, aneurysms and carotid stenosis and advanced venous disorders.

Women's Heart Care

Our program is committed to the education of women about the risks of heart disease, and to state-of-the-art prevention, early detection and treatment of heart disease in women.

 

 

Heart & Vascular Team

At the MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center, we've assembled an outstanding team of nationally and internationally recognized physicians, as well as a highly specialized group of cardiovascular specialists, nurses, technicians, and vascular surgeons with a wealth of experience in vascular surgery.

Many of our cardiac and vascular surgeons and experts are household names in their fields and subspecialty areas, and patients come to see them from all over the country for treatment, including heart and vascular surgery.

Whether a patient needs a blocked artery opened up anywhere in the body, a heart attack prevented or repaired, an arrhythmia cured, or even a heart transplant performed, the world-class staff of MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center is uniquely trained, qualified and experienced to provide the highest level of expert care.

In addition to their exceptional ability to treat a patient’s illness, all our physicians and support staff pride themselves in making the well-being and happiness of patients – and family members – a top priority.  The more comfortable, relaxed and informed everyone is, the better the outcome for the patient.

MUSC cardiovascular specialists, as well as our cardiac and vascular surgeons, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and also collaborate with community-based primary care physicians to provide patients with world-class heart care (including vascular surgery) close to home.

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Patient Testimonials

MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center patients share their stories:

 

 

Location

The MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center is located in MUSC's newest facility, Ashley River Tower, located at 25 Courtenay Drive in the beautiful Charleston peninsula.

Where patients come first

Every detail of Ashley River Tower reflects MUSC's commitment to its patients and employees.  Amenities include private rooms as well as concierge service, valet parking, dedicated family lounges, wireless capabilities, retail shops and convenient dining. With a four-story diagnostic and treatment building and a seven-story patient hospitality tower, Ashley River Tower's cardiovascular specialists provide convenient patient care. Within the facility, the heart and vascular center features the most advanced imaging and interventional radiology capabilities in the region, as well as an accredited round-the-clock Chest Pain Center to deliver quick and accurate assessments of heart problems in the earliest critical stages.

Parking

A parking garage with direct hospital access for Ashley River Tower patients and their families is located at 5 Charleston Center Drive, off of Courtenay Drive. (This is the former County Garage.)

 

Contact Us

There are several ways you can contact us at the heart center:

Mailing Address
MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Service Line Administration
25 Courtenay Drive
MSC327
Room 1219
Charleston, SC  29425
843-876-4225

New Patients
If you would like to speak with someone about health care services offered at the heart and vascular center, contact MUSC Health Connection at 843-792-1616 between 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. You can also complete our online appointment request form.

Established Patients
If you're already an established patient with the MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center, please contact Adult Cardiology at 843-792-3355 or Pediatric Cardiology at 843-792-3300 or use our online appointment request form.

Referrals
If you are a physician and would like to make a referral to one of our specialists at the heart center, please contact MUSC’s dedicated consultation telephone service, MEDULINE, at 1-800-922-5250 or 843-792-2200 in the Charleston area. A representative is available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Research & Clinical Trials
Individuals interested in the research initiatives currently underway at the MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center can contact the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute at 843-792-8300or email success@musc.edu.

Donors
Gifts directed to the MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center help us create an environment for optimal patient care, with the best facilities, scientists and technologies available. Additionally, through the generous donations of individuals and businesses, we are able to find new and innovative ways of treating heart disease, congestive heart failure, hypertension, stroke, and many other cardiovascular conditions. If you are interested in contributing to the MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center and helping us fulfill our mission to overcome the prevalence of heart disease in South Carolina and the nation, contact our Office of Development at 843-792-4275 or toll-free at 800-810-MUSC.

Education/Training Programs
If you are interested in pursuing a career within the field of cardiovascular medicine or research and are interested in training at MUSC, contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 843-792-3281 to learn about current programs.