When your heart needs care, you want to be comfortable with your specialists and confident in their expertise. The cardiologists of Emory Clinic — the largest group practice in Georgia — are widely respected for their success in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disorders and diseases. Our cardiovascular services cover the full range of care, from prevention and early detection to treatment and follow-up .
Emory Clinic cardiologists are also educators and researchers armed with the latest knowledge and all the resources of Emory Healthcare. That means you’ll have access to deep expertise and the latest advances in care, including minimally invasive treatment options for many conditions.
Emory has long been a leader in advancing cardiology, establishing the first cardiac catheterization lab in 1942. In fact, Emory's heart specialists wrote the book on cardiology — the revered medical textbook The Heart — and built the foundation for cardiovascular care in Georgia. Our training programs have produced the vast majority of the practicing cardiologists in the state. Emory is an international training center for interventional procedures that can often prevent the need for open -heart surgery.
Care specific to your needs
Emory Clinic cardiologists work together and with other specialists as needed to ensure you get the most appropriate and effective care possible. We consider not only your heart condition but any other factors that might affect your care and outcome, as well as your personal preferences and needs. To provide comprehensive, coordinated care for specific conditions, we offer several subspecialty programs, including:
- The Adult Congenital Heart Center: If you had a heart defect at birth — even if it was surgically repaired — specializ ed follow-up care is critical to your health and future. The Adult Congenital Heart Center brings together the services and resources you need to give you the best, most appropriate care as efficiently and conveniently as possible. Emory also has advanced expertise in repairing congenital heart defects, more than 900 procedures per year, Emory's Congenital Cardiac Surgery Center is one of the nation’s most active programs of its kind, treating neonates, young infants, children, adolescents and adults.
- Arrhythmia/Electrophysiology: Arrhythmia means that your heart beats too fast, too slow, or beats with an irregular rhythm. Emory Clinic cardiologists use innovative methods to diagnose arrhythmias, such as electrocardiograms (ECG/EKG), echocardiograms and electrophysiology, which measures electric activity of the heart to pinpoint the cause. Arrhythmia treatment options can include the use of pacemakers, ablation, medication, implanted cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).
- Heart Failure: If your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs, advanced expertise is close to home. With one of the world’s premier academic heart failure programs, Emory is committed to the advancement of the heart failure therapy and providing compassionate and comprehensive care.
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: When the heart muscle becomes thick, it’s harder for heart to pump blood. At the only dedicated hypertrophic cardiomyopathy clinic in Georgia, Emory Clinic cardiologists collaborate with other physicians and healthcare providers in interventional cardiology, genetic testing, cardiac imaging and cardiac surgery. Together, the team works with you to create a treatment and follow-up plan tailored to your needs and preferences.
- Interventional Cardiology: When plaque builds up inside arteries, effective treatment can save your life. Our interventional cardiologists use minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat blockages in the coronary and peripheral arteries. These procedures use catheters (thin, flexible tubes) and imaging technology to place devices that can reopen blocked arteries without the need for open surgery.
- Preventive Cardiology: The best time to fight heart disease or any heart condition is before it starts. If you’re at risk, the Preventive Cardiology Program can help. Emory Clinic cardiologists work with other professionals to offer comprehensive preventive care, education and support to help you make needed changes.
- The Emory Structural Heart & Valve Center: Defects in heart valves, walls or other structures can interfere with blood flow and cause other serious problems. The Emory Structural Heart & Valve Center brings together Emory Clinic interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons who work together to provide innovative solutions. The team treats valve disorders, including aortic stenosis and regurgitation (backward blood flow), and structural heart defects, such as atrial septal defects (ASD).
- The Emory Women's Heart Center: Women often have different heart symptoms and risks than men, and need a different approach to prevention and treatment. The Women’s Heart Center provides cardiac risk assessment, diagnosis and care specifically for women. Emory Clinic cardiologists are also committed improving diagnosis, care and prevention for women through research and education.
- Sports Cardiology: Athletes have unique needs. No matter the participation level, optimal cardiovascular health is vital to performance and in some cases, the ability to participate. With that in mind, we’re proud to bring the first cardiology practice focused on Sports Cardiology to Atlanta.
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