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WakeMed Heart & Vascular’s cardiovascular surgery program is among the top in the country. With expertise in performing open heart, aortic and valve surgeries, we have a long-standing tradition of being a leader in cardiovascular surgery. WakeMed first performed open-heart surgery in 1968 — the first in Wake County.

We offer minimally invasive surgical techniques, innovative approaches to caring for cardiovascular surgery patients and compassionate care in all that we do – for every heart.

Surgical Research and Innovation

We combine research and clinical trial participation, education and clinical practice to deliver scientifically based treatments for traditional and advanced heart and aortic surgeries.

Cardiovascular Surgery Features and Services

Our comprehensive services have solidified our cardiac program as a national leader, recognized for these award-winning features:

  • 3-star rating (highest possible) from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for aortic valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft surgery and mitral valve replacement/repair
  • Minimally invasive surgery techniques using robotic technology
  • Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERAS - Cardiac)
  • Dedicated cardiovascular surgical suites
  • Cardiovascular surgical critical care and inpatient units with nursing staff who have advanced certification in critical or cardiovascular care
  • Heart Center Inn for patients and their families to stay close within the hospital just before or after procedures

Our Specialties

Heart Failure


Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital heart disease is a defect of the heart that is present at birth. It can happen in the walls, arteries, valves or veins of the heart.


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Heart Failure


Atrial Fibrillation

Afib is a common heart rhythm disorder. It gets progressively worse, but it is treatable when patients seek help early.  


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High Cholesterol



Aneurysm is a dangerous condition that happens when part of an artery wall weakens, causing it to widen in an abnormal way.  



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Heart Disease


Cardiac Tumor

Cardiac tumors are abnormal growths in your heart that can be benign or malignant (cancerous). 



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Atrial Fibrillation


Coronary Artery Bypass

Coronary artery bypass surgery redirects blood around a section of a blocked artery in your heart to help improve blood flow.


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Chest Pain


Valve Disease Repair and Replacement

When one or more of your heart valves doesn't open or close properly, surgery may be required.  


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Thank You for Choosing WakeMed Cardiovascular Surgery

With our WakeMed cardiovascular surgical team, your heart is in good hands.