Heart & Vascular Center

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The Heart of Atlanta

Heart disease is tenacious. So are we.

No one in Atlanta offers better, more comprehensive cardiovascular care than the doctors, nurses, and technicians at the Grady Heart & Vascular Center. We provide the most advanced treatments known to medicine and we have specialists who are experts in treating your condition, whether it is acute and life-threatening or something to manage over a lifetime.

America’s leading cause of death, cardiovascular disease comes in many forms: heart attacks, irregular heart rhythm, heart valve problems, hypertension, blocked arteries and veins, and many other conditions. Whatever you’re dealing with, at Grady you never face it alone. We help you choose the right care for your situation, help you manage it, and provide the ongoing support you need.

Our mission is to restore your normal routine as quickly as possible. After all, life shouldn’t stop when cardiovascular disease strikes.

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What We Treat

Cardiovascular disease takes many forms. So does our care.

No matter the issue, we offer the care most suited for your condition, from surgery to innovative, minimally invasive procedures. Grady delivers effective treatment that helps our patients return to their normal routines as quickly as possible. Each offers a unique advantage:

General & Preventive Heart Care

We are experts at providing the medical support that allows people who already have cardiovascular disease live their best, most active lives. We work with patients and their families to reduce the likelihood and progression of cardiovascular disease through tailored care plans and lifestyle adjustments. Learn more about general and preventative heart care.

Electrophysiology

Electrophysiology studies help to determine whether symptoms like chest pain, a fluttering in the chest, fainting, or dizziness are caused by a heart rhythm issue, and to pinpoint its cause. Learn more about our electrophysiology services.

Heart Failure Care

For most people, heart failure is a long-term condition that cannot be cured, only controlled. We help patients live their best, most active lives by recommending healthy lifestyle changes and medication. Sometimes, we implant devices to control heart rhythm, or perform heart surgery. Learn more about our heart failure program.

Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiologists use specialized catheter-based techniques to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease, vascular disease, structural cardiovascular disease, and congenital heart defects. The procedures minimize scarring, reduce pain, and speed recovery. Learn more about our interventional cardiology services.

Vascular Care

Vascular specialists treat many vascular and circulatory system problems involving blood vessels and the lymphatic system. Many vascular conditions can be treated with medication or lifestyle changes, but when surgery is required, we can provide state-of-the-art care. Learn more about our vascular care services.

Surgery

If other treatments have not worked or cannot be used, surgery may be needed to correct cardiovascular problems. Surgery is used to fix heart valves that do not work well, bypass serious blockages around the heart, and insert medical devices, such as pacemakers. Learn more about heart and vascular surgery.

Testing & Diagnostics

Because cardiovascular disease can take many forms, Grady uses the most advanced tests and diagnostic devices to pinpoint problems and determine the most effective course of treatment. Learn more about diagnostic testing.

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Why Choose Us

2022 Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus - Heart Failure The Grady Heart & Vascular Center has an elite, award-winning medical team. The American Heart Association has acknowledged its expertise by naming Grady one of the nation’s Heart Failure Centers of Excellence. It also honored Grady with its Get with the Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measures to protect patients with heart failure. And, America’s Essential Hospitals has recognized Grady’s innovative Heart Failure Program, which significantly reduced readmission rates for people with heart failure.

These national awards recognize the fact that, because Grady is Atlanta’s busiest trauma center, our heart and vascular team has unparalleled experience with cardiovascular trauma, as well as 24/7 access to every medical specialty needed to treat you – immediately.

Grady’s modern facilities, equipped with the region’s best treatment and diagnostic equipment, enable us to quickly diagnose your condition and precisely tailor your care to get you on the path to recovery as soon as possible.

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Appointments and Referrals

Grady’s Heart & Vascular Center accepts new patients with referrals from either primary care providers or other specialists. Please ask your provider to use our patient referral checklist and email us the details. We will contact you to schedule an appointment.

If you are an existing Grady patient and have a MyChart account, visit MyChart or call our scheduling line at (404) 616-1000, to make an appointment.

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Our Doctors

Every hospital treats patients. At Grady, we strive to treat them better, more efficiently, and effectively. Our mission to care for all who need us attracts heart specialists from across the nation. They are drawn here by the knowledge that we test the limits of medicine by innovating existing standards of care, researching cutting-edge drugs and therapies, and exploring novel treatments.

Our zeal for innovation has given Grady a national reputation for medical advancement in areas like cardiovascular disease, cancer, burn, stroke, diabetes, infectious diseases, women’s health, sickle cell, and other conditions cared for by specialists in our centers of excellence. Access to all of these accredited practices is available to every Grady patient, and our collegial environment means that specialists routinely help to care for their colleagues’ patients.

Though clinicians are drawn by Grady’s reputation, most are employed by the Emory and Morehouse schools of medicine, which staff our medical services. Grady is one of a handful of U.S. health systems whose patients are cared for by faculty members of two medical schools. This reinforces our commitment to ongoing innovation.

Mohammed H. Alkubeysi

Cardiovascular Disease/Cardiology

Jamie Benarroch-Gampel

Vascular Surgery

Heather L. Bloom

Cardiovascular Disease

Allen L. Dollar

Cardiovascular Disease/Cardiology, Internal Medicine

Melvin R. Echols

Cardiology

Jalal K. Ghali

Cardiovascular Disease

David S. Hirsh

Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

William B. Keeling

Thoracic Surgery

Onkar V. Khullar

Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

Gautam Kumar

Cardiology

Michael C. McDaniel

Cardiology & Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease/Cardiology

Adefisayo M. Oduwole

Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine

Modele O. Ogunniyi

Internal Medicine

Ifeoma O. Onuorah

Cardiovascular Disease

Anekwe E. Onwuanyi

Cardiovascular Disease/Cardiology

Ravi Rajani

Surgical Critical Care, Surgery

Christopher R. Ramos

Vascular Surgery

Yasir M. Taha

Cardiovascular Disease

Marc D. Thames

Cardiovascular Disease

Lakshmi S. Tummala

Cardiovascular Disease

Alison F. Ward

Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

Nanette K. Wenger

Cardiology

Support Services

To help support you and your family about your cardiovascular diagnosis, Grady will look after you and your family through every phase of care, from education and prevention to treatment and recovery. We go beyond medicine. Compassion, support, and encouragement make us your partner in health.

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Mental Health Services

Grady offers access to counseling services to help heart patients cope with depression and other emotional issues that often accompany the disease.

Nutrition Support

Patients have access to Grady nutritionists who can guide them to healthier eating habits that improve their heart conditions.

Pharmacy

Grady has a pharmacist dedicated to heart failure care to see patients and educate them on their medications.

Social Worker

A dedicated social worker works with cardiovascular patients and their families to overcome obstacles that get in the way of effective heart treatment.

Support Groups

Grady offers support groups for cardiovascular patients and women who have cardiovascular disease.

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Research

Sometimes, the standard of care is not enough. That’s when Grady research offers hope.

As one of the nation’s elite teaching hospitals, our clinicians have been involved in research that has literally helped to redefine how cardiovascular disease is treated around the world.  At any given moment, our team members are involved in research to find better, more effective treatments.

The benefit to patients is clear: They have access to tomorrow’s medicine today, providing options unavailable at many other institutions.

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