Why Choose Sentara

Sometimes it’s hard to think clearly about "matters of the heart." But it’s important to have the facts and to make an informed decision. Because, unfortunately, one in four people will have — or have had — a heart-related problem.

For many, treatment will require hospital care. And while that’s not a prospect that any of us would welcome, there is comfort in knowing that we live in a region that offers superior cardiology services, among the best results, or outcomes, of any program in the country.

Regional and National Leader in Cardiology

Sentara is the regional leader in cardiology and heart surgery. Whether you need a simple exercise stress test or a brand new heart, you will get the best in heart care right here at home.

Sentara Heart is one of the largest cardiology programs in Virginia, and one of the largest in the country. Our size and 30+ year history mark us as one of the most experienced and committed cardiology programs available anywhere — and we have the data to prove it. Sentara Healthcare has proven success rates that outperform national averages published by the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Thoracic Surgery.

In the 2014-15 America’s Best Hospitals ranking of U.S. News & World Report, Cardiology and Heart Surgery services at Sentara Heart Hospital were recognized as 44th among the top 50 programs in the nation. This is the 15th year Sentara has achieved a national ranking in Heart and it is the only national ranked heart program in Virginia.

Sentara Cardiology Milestones

Sentara was the first in the region to offer patients TAVR, S-ICD, minimally invasive heart valve surgery, drug-eluting stents, artificial heart, and heart transplantation. And we remain at the leading edge, implementing new and promising cardiology treatments and techniques as soon as they become available. Many of these are pioneered right here, by cardiologists and cardiac surgeons who are nationally recognized for their participation in clinical trials that examine the most advanced technology and treatments for patients with heart disease.

The Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute (SCRI) was established in 2005 by Sentara and its cardiologists to advance the understanding and treatment of cardiovascular disease. While Sentara has conducted heart research for decades, SCRI has allowed Sentara to be at the forefront of cardiology research and is now exploring opportunities to partner with Eastern Virginia Medical School to further clinical research endeavors relating to cardiovascular disease.

Your Cardiology Team at Sentara

Sentara Heart is a comprehensive network of physicians that include family practice and internal medicine physicians, working together with cardiologists, cardiacthoracic surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists and clinicians to provide the highest quality heart care.

Your doctor will also work closely with you to review all procedure options and define the best course of treatment. Your health care team will help you adopt a lifestyle that can not only improve the current state of your cardiac health, but help you avoid problems in the future. And remember — you are the most important member of the team in improving, protecting and preserving your cardiac health. The more you learn about your condition, the better your chances for a successful and speedy recovery.