The Heart and Vascular Institute
As the first hospital in New Jersey to successfully complete open heart
surgery and to perform coronary bypass and angioplasty procedures, Saint
Michael’s Medical Center continues to lead the way in the 21stcentury with leading-edge diagnostic and treatment services and world-class
physician education and training. A pioneer in heart and vascular care,
Saint Michael’s excels in caring for the community and teaching
the next generation of health care providers.
Saint Michael’s physicians have pioneered a number of new procedures,
including minimally invasive heart surgery, valve repair in lieu of valve
replacement, endoscopic radial artery and vein harvesting, and ablation
for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Other innovations include minimally
invasive catheter-based endovascular techniques for the care of abdominal
aortic aneurysms, carotid occlusive disease and peripheral vascular disease.
The Institute also has one of only two non-invasive vascular laboratories
in the state approved for both routine imaging studies and for visceral
and abdominal vascular imaging.
These minimally invasive procedures, as performed by the highly skilled
cardiovascular surgeons at Saint Michael’s, help prevent limb loss
in a large percentage of patients who might otherwise have to sacrifice
a foot, hand, arm or leg for a positive surgical result.
In addition, Saint Michael’s is the state’s only approved CREST
site, making it just one of only 85 hospitals in North America selected
to participate in the Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy vs. Stenting
Trial. The medical center also is part of the international FREEDOM Trial
that is studying coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) vs. drug-eluting
stent procedures in diabetic patients, having already successfully performed
more than 200 of these cutting edge procedures.
Saint Michael’s has the most experience in the region in robotic-assisted
cardiovascular surgery. Such procedures combine the higher probability
of a complication-free operation with an improved cosmetic result as robotic
surgery requires only a two-to-three inch straight-line opening in the
chest as opposed to an incision that can be a foot or more long for a
standard open-heart surgery with hand-held instruments.
Among the robotic procedures commonly performed at The Heart and Vascular
Institute are aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair and replacement
and coronary bypass surgery. Click here for a list of cardiovascular and
thoracic surgical services provided at Saint Michael’s.
Two of the robotic surgical procedures at which Saint Michael’s excels
are “beating heart surgery,” (also known as “off-pump
surgery”) and second (or third) bypass surgeries.
- In beating heart surgery, the heart is not stopped and the operation takes
place as the organ continues to work. This reduces complications and the
need for blood transfusions and is followed by a much shorter recovery
time. The Heart and Vascular Institute has performed many beating-heart
- The Institute also performs second and third heart bypass surgeries –
with most procedures taking place 10 to 15 years after the original operation
– due to Saint Michael’s stellar record of positive patient
outcomes and the clinical expertise of its surgical teams.
The Institute features a dedicated multidisciplinary team of highly trained
cardiologists, cardiovascular anesthesiologists, critical-care intensivists,
perfusionists, physical assistants, nurse practitioners, registered cardiovascular
nurses, respiratory and physical therapists and social workers.
This assembly of health care professionals, together with experienced surgeons,
provides the highest level of care in every phase of the patient’s
surgery and recovery. Each operation involves at least 30 individuals
working in concert to ensure successful patient outcomes.
Saint Michael’s also is an internationally recognized leader in physician
education, sponsoring multiple residencies and fellowships each year in
cooperation with local colleges and universities.
Our Mission & Legacy
The mission of The Heart and Vascular Institute at Saint Michael’s
is to provide comprehensive, innovative and high quality cardiovascular
surgical services to all patients – from pre-operative evaluation
to advanced surgical interventions to post-op rehabilitation and lifestyle
changes that can minimize future cardiac issues.
Saint Michael’s has been a leader in heart health in New Jersey for
more than 75 years, opening the state’s first center dedicated to
the study and treatment of cardiac disease in 1937 and establishing the
first cardiac catheterization lab in New Jersey in 1949. Among the first-in-the-state
procedural milestones achieved by The Heart and Vascular Institute at
Saint Michael’s doctors are:
- 1959: New Jersey’s first open-heart surgery.
- 1967: New Jersey’s first coronary bypass.
- 1981: New Jersey’s first coronary angioplasty.
Saint Michael's has a zero mortality rate in cardiologic procedures
and a vascular-related amputation rate that has declined each of the past
When your cardiovascular issues demand the services of skilled physicians
using state-of-the-art technology, trust the regional health care leaders
at The Heart and Vascular Institute at Saint Michael’s Medical Center.
For more information, please call (973) 877-5300. For physician offices
to refer patients or schedule procedures, call (973) 877-2343