The Heart Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a national leader in cardiovascular care, surgery and collaborative research. Recognized for the highest standards of care by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the National Cardiovascular Data Registry®, the Heart Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disease, including cardiovascular imaging, valve repair and replacement, bypass surgery, pediatric procedures and device placement.
Heart Center Research Expertise
Heart Center researchers are actively involved in multicenter studies exploring new therapies and preventative measures for cardiovascular disease. Professor of Cardiology David M. Herrington, MD, MHS, recently received an $8.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine genetic variants associated with premature development of atherosclerosis.
Current Heart Center research initiatives also examine:
- Vascular stents
- Genetic markers leading to the prevention of heart disease
- Treatments for atrial fibrillation
- The impact of obesity on heart disease
- The repair of congenital defects
- Imaging to predict and prevent future cardiovascular events
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Heart Center surgeons are pioneering innovative options for patients in need of heart valve replacement and other cardiovascular procedures. Wake Forest Baptist Health is participating in the Medtronic CoreValve® U.S. clinical study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a new percutaneous technology that enables aortic valve replacement without traditional open-heart surgery.
Leaders in Transradial Cardiac Catheterization
Wake Forest Baptist's Heart Center performs 70 percent of its catheterization procedures through the radial artery, totaling more than 2,000 procedures each year. This advanced treatment option results in lower rates of bleeding, bruising and other complications than traditional catheterization.