Central Virginia's leader in heart surgery

Levinson Heart Institute at Chippenham Hospital is recognized as the first heart hospital in Virginia. Our cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons are consistently voted the best in Richmond among their peers. This recognition is in part because of our devotion to advancing heart care. This is why our elite surgeons are ready to assist you if you need heart and vascular surgery.

To learn more about our heart and vascular surgery, call Levinson Heart Institute at (804) 483-3015.

Advanced heart and vascular surgery

Levinson Heart Institute takes a multidisciplinary approach to our cardiac procedures. We bring together expert healthcare providers across many specialties to perform delicate cardiovascular procedures.

Coronary artery bypass grafting

Over time, plaque in the arteries can harden, narrow and even rupture, forming a blood clot on its surface. Blood clots can mostly or completely block blood flow through a coronary artery, which can then cause a heart attack. Surgical procedures, such as coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), can be performed to bypass these plaque blockages in the arteries and lower the risk of a heart attack.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Our elite cardiovascular surgeons are innovators when it comes to heart health. In fact, we were the first hospital in Richmond to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive treatment for aortic stenosis.

Sometimes referred to as a transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), TAVR repairs the old, damaged valve with a replacement valve. Somewhat similar to a stent placed in an artery, this approach delivers a fully collapsible replacement valve to the valve site through a cardiac catheterization procedure.

TAVR can be an effective option to improve quality of life in patients who otherwise have limited choices for aortic valve repair.

Valve replacement for aortic valve stenosis

The aortic valve is located between the left ventricle of the heart and the aorta, which is the largest artery in the body. The aorta supplies blood throughout the body.

Aortic valve stenosis—or aortic stenosis—is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening. Aortic valve stenosis can eventually block blood flow from the heart, causing a backup of blood flow and pressure in the heart and lungs. The condition can range from mild to severe.

Symptoms of aortic stenosis may include:

  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain, pressure or tightness
  • Decline in activity level or reduced ability to do normal activities that require mild exertion
  • Fainting (syncope)
  • Palpitations or a feeling of heavy, pounding or noticeable heartbeats