CHI Memorial’s Guerry Heart and Vascular Center offers a team of cardiac specialists who have trained at some of the most renowned medical programs in the country. CHI Memorial and The Chattanooga Heart Institute integrated services in early 2011. With 29 cardiologists, three cardiothoracic surgeons and three vascular surgeons, The Chattanooga Heart Institute has led the region’s largest center dedicated solely to cardiovascular care for the past 40 years. When it comes to innovative and personalized cardiac care, CHI Memorial’s Guerry Heart and Vascular Center offers the most experienced team of surgeons, cardiologists, and a vast support staff ready to address every heart concern.
We are guided by a team of physicians and staff who provide excellence in cardiac care for you and your loved ones. With the newest techniques to handle extremely complex cardiac procedures, state-of-the-science thoracic surgery technology and two endovascular suites for vascular specialties, CHI Memorial is committed to getting you back to the life you love.
The CHI Memorial cardiac team of dedicated physicians and health professionals performs far more cardiac procedures that any other hospital in the area. With such a high-performance background, our team offers you exceptional expertise to care for your heart. Whether your diagnosis requires interventional or surgical procedures, rehabilitation or monitoring through diagnostic testing, CHI Memorial specialists provide the services, clinical treatments and holistic mind-body-spirit care you need to heal your heart and self.
Regularly scheduled cardiovascular conferences bring together cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, vascular surgeons,hospitalists, interventional radiologists, and intensivists to discuss complex cases that involve more than one specialty.
Three times the surgical expertise
For better patient outcomes, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend that a facility meet or exceed a minimum volume of 200 cardiac procedures per year. CHI Memorial performs more than 700. That’s three times the national minimum. We offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure for patients considered inoperable and those who are deemed intermediate or high risk for aortic heart valve replacement. TAVR enables a collapsible aortic heart valve to be placed inside the heart via a catheter.
Advanced diagnosis and interventions
CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga and CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson each provide imaging services that include echocardiography, stress echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga has five cardiac catheterization laboratories and two electrophysiology laboratories for specialized cardiac procedures.
Accredited emergency care
Emergency Centers at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga and CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson are Accredited Chest Pain Centers. When a heart attack patient arrives, our Chest Pain Protocol is put into action to open their clogged arteries in the shortest “door to balloon” time possible. The national benchmark for treating heart attack patients is 90 minutes from the time they arrive. The heart specialists at CHI Memorial beat the standard for opening clogged arteries averaging 47.3 minutes.