Reinforcing Research: Penn Medicine Collaborates CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute

CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute recently announced the creation of an exciting collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s Penn Medicine.   “We’re honored by this opportunity to collaborate on the forefront of clinical research to ensure that geography no longer limits access to the latest best practices in the field,” says CHI St.…

Expanding Minimally Invasive Alternatives to Open Heart Surgery

The CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute recently became the first in Arkansas to successfully perform the Transcaval TAVR heart procedure. New TAVR, or Transcather Aortic Valve Replacement, procedures offer patients with aortic valve stenosis an alternative to open heart surgery, but some patients with suboptimal access routes were previously deemed ineligible.   This new Transcaval…

Understanding AFib

As the most common type of heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a heart condition that is estimated to affect up to six-million Americans. People with AFib experience an irregular heartbeat, but what does that really mean?   Normally, your body will send an electrical signal from the upper chambers of your heart (the…

Minimally invasive

Small Actions, Big Results: Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Offers Many Advantages

“Minimally invasive” is a term used to describe surgeries that provide an alternative to traditional surgery. When it comes to heart surgery, this means smaller incisions that avoid more complex operations such as open-heart surgery.   Heart surgeons at CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute perform many minimally invasive procedures, including mitral or aortic valve repair…