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Heart Surgery

Also known as: Cardiac Surgery

Swedish has performed more than 46,000 cardiac surgeries, making us the most experienced heart surgery program in the Puget Sound area. Our team of interventional and cardiovascular surgeons is nationally recognized, and includes experts in the latest minimally invasive and robotic heart-valve procedures.

Swedish has high-tech operating rooms, among the most advanced in the country, including a new, state-of-the-art hybrid OR which enables our interventionalists and heart surgeons to work side by side, giving our patients the finest possible care.

The Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute is the most comprehensive heart-surgery program in the area, with nationally recognized cardiac surgeons who treat the full spectrum of heart problems.

  • Aortic Surgery

    Many diseases and conditions can cause the aorta to enlarge or tear and thereby increase the risk for life-threatening events. Such conditions range from atherosclerosis (thickening and hardening of the arterial walls) and high blood pressure to genetic conditions such as Marfan’s syndrome.

  • Artificial Hearts

    Artificial hearts are mechanical devices that can be connected directly to a failing heart to help it pump blood through the body.

  • Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

    Atrial fibrillation is a rapid and disorganized heartbeat that may cause everything from heart failure to stroke.

  • Cardiac Bypass Surgery
    Cardiac bypass surgery involves using some of the most advanced surgical techniques available, such as minimally invasive, videoscopic-assisted valve repair and replacement.
  • Congenital Heart Surgery for Adults

    Congenital heart disease is a defect in one or more structures of the heart or blood vessels that occurs before birth, while the fetus is still developing.

  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Surgery

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a type of heart disease marked by thickening of the heart muscle and other changes. In a surgical procedure called a septal myectomy, Swedish cardiac surgeons remove a small amount of the thickened septal wall to widen the path the blood takes from the left ventricle to the aorta.

  • Minimally-invasive Heart Valve Surgery

    Advances in minimally invasive heart valve surgery are providing a wide range of benefits to Swedish patients, including faster recovery times and scarring that is much less visible. 

  • Mitral Valve Repair

    Mitral valve repair is an optional surgical procedure of choice for patients with a leaky valve (mitral regurgitation). When the leak is caused by a degenerative valve disease such as mitral valve prolapse, the valve can be repaired – rather than replaced.

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

    Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a method used to replace a heart valve without using traditional open-heart surgery.

  • Valve Surgery

    Depending on a patient’s individual circumstances, heart-valve disease can be treated in a variety of ways, including heart-valve surgery.

At the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute, each of our surgeons has well over a dozen years of heart-surgery experience. Our cardiac-surgery team is committed to providing you with optimal long-term results and keeping your best interests in mind during every medical decision and every procedure.

Learn more about the hospital, how to prepare, what to expect during your stay, and care at home, with our Cardiac Surgery Navigation Guide Booklet.

Patient videos about cardiac surgery

  • Watch the navigation guide video
  • Learn about new cardiac surgery approaches

To refer a patient for heart surgery, please call 206-320-7300

Referring your patients to the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute gives them access to:

  • The highest volume program in the Greater Seattle area performing heart surgery
  • Dedicated cardiac surgeons who specialize in cardiac surgery, and that’s all they do – they do not perform thoracic or vascular surgery
  • Robotic heart surgery
  • Minimally invasive heart surgery
  • Stentless valve surgery
  • Total arterial revascularization – using only arteries (not veins) to revascularize the heart
  • Exceptionally high level of personal care
  • Education and support
Urgent cases

Our care team accepts patient transfers 24/7 from providers and hospitals throughout the Pacific Northwest. To facilitate an urgent patient transfer, call the Swedish Transfer Center at 1-866-470-4233.

Providers Specializing in Heart Surgery

At Swedish, you'll have access to a vast network of dedicated and compassionate providers who offer personalized care by focusing on treatment, prevention and health education.