Pioneering the Future of Cardiac Care
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but it's preventable.
To identify and treat heart disease early, it's crucial to get your heart checked in person or virtually. You'll learn your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, weight, and family history. It's also important to understand that heart disease affects women and men differently.
The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute is the largest integrated adult and pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery program in Pennsylvania. With more than 60 locations in three states, the expertise of UPMC is available to you close to home.
We have digital resources, heart health webinars, and opportunities for in-person and virtual consultations with our experts. We hope to provide you with helpful information to keep your heart healthy.
Schedule an Appointment or Receive a Second Opinion With a UPMC Expert
To schedule an appointment or receive a second opinion, fill out the contact form below or call 1-855-876-2484.
The UPMC Difference for Heart and Vascular Care
Our team’s commitment to surgical excellence, combined with our dedication to patient-centric-care that extends beyond the operating room, consistently rank UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside among the best hospitals in the nation for Cardiology and Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
Our highly advanced cardiac surgery program has achieved many milestones that highlight the excellence and innovation of UPMC, such as:
- Performing more than 20,000 open-heart surgeries in the past 10 years.
- Being one of the few centers in the U.S. that have performed more than 1,700 adult heart transplants.
- Being the first center in western Pennsylvania to provide transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), an advanced, minimally invasive cardiac procedure.
- Receiving an overall 3-star rating for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) from the Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) – the highest rating achievable.
When you choose UPMC, you’ll have access to advanced treatments, skilled experts, and groundbreaking cardiovascular clinical trials. We are leaders in the comprehensive treatment of cardiovascular disease. From developing personalized treatment plans to pioneering minimally invasive and robotic-assisted heart surgeries, our experts provide the full scope of care for every patient.
Schedule an Appointment Using MyUPMC
Already have a heart doctor? Schedule an appointment with them using MyUPMC! Simply log in to MyUPMC, select 'Schedule Appointment,' and choose an available date and time with your provider.
Select your heart and vascular specialist and an appointment date and time that works for you, and you’re all set!
The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute Webinar Series
Experts from the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute are offering a series of free, virtual webinars. These will help the community learn about heart disease risk factors, women's cardiology, and heart health disparities, among other topics. View the virtual events below.
Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m.
Kristi Montrella, DNP, CRNP, director of the Structural Heart Program at UPMC Altoona, will talk about conditions that affect the aortic valve, including aortic stenosis and aortic regurgitation. She will discuss symptoms of the disease and treatment options, with a focus on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally-invasive procedure that offers an alternative to open-heart surgery for eligible patients with aortic stenosis. Kristi sees patients at the valve clinic at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Altoona.
Thursday, Feb. 22 at Noon
UPMC Altoona vascular surgeon Nicholas Madden, DO, will talk about aortic aneurysms, a potentially serious cardiovascular condition where early detection is crucial for early intervention. Dr. Madden will shed light on the causes, risk factors, and symptoms and discuss the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment options. Dr. Madden sees patients at offices in Altoona and Everett.
Monday, Feb. 26 at Noon
Genevieve Everett-Sigwalt, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist with the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Altoona, will talk about the role of pacemakers and defibrillators in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Dr. Everett will also discuss the facts and myths of living with an implantable cardiac device and how these devices impact the lives of patients. Dr. Everett sees patients at UPMC Blair Medical Associates Cardiology in Altoona.
Thursday, Feb. 29 at 5:30 p.m.
With an extra day to take extra care of your heart, join Cassandra Fisher, CRNP, a nurse practitioner with the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, as she outlines easy steps you can take to live a healthier lifestyle. Improving and maintaining cardiovascular health can decrease your risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia, and other major health problems. Cassie sees patients at UPMC Blair Medical Associates Cardiology's Everett office location.
Tuesday, March 26 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Living with heart failure can be difficult. Learn how to manage your symptoms and enjoy a full life. Join cardiologist, Gavin Hickey, MD, as he discusses specialized heart care and the latest treatment options including traditional medical therapy and ventricular assist device (VAD) therapy.
Preeclampsia Awareness Class
Preeclampsia is a condition that can affect any woman who is pregnant or has recently delivered her baby. This condition is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Please join us for a Preeclampsia Awareness class to learn more about the risk factors and management of this disorder. This class will be held on Feb. 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh and virtually via Microsoft Teams.Register for the Preeclampsia Awareness Class.
Heart Health Resources
Whether in person or virtually, the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute offers heart health awareness, education, and services to help our communities prevent cardiovascular disease. View and download these resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy.