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When it comes to matters of the heart, you deserve the highest level of care and expertise.

Why Choose Baptist Health for Heart Surgery?

World-Class Team

At Baptist Health, we understand the profound impact heart conditions can have on your life, and that's why we have assembled a world-class team of cardiovascular specialists and state-of-the-art facilities to provide you with exceptional care and support.

Advanced Treatment Solutions

We're here to provide you with comprehensive and advanced heart and vascular surgery solutions. Whether you're in need of life-saving interventions or exploring treatment options for a complex heart condition, we are committed to delivering the highest standard of care every step of the way.


Our cardiovascular surgery team follows a collaborative approach, working closely with a multidisciplinary team of experts, including cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and nurses, to develop tailored treatment plans for each patient.

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Baptist Heart Hospital, located on our downtown Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville campus, is the only freestanding hospital in Northeast Florida dedicated to heart and vascular care. It's home to more than 500 physicians, nurses and staff – all with specialized training in providing inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular and thoracic care.

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    Structural Heart Program

    The Structural Heart Program at Baptist Health is one of the top programs in the country, with higher volumes of treatment and better outcomes than national medians. The Valve Clinic at Baptist offers expert diagnosis and care from a multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons specializing in minimally invasive techniques.

    Call our Structural Heart Scheduler at 904.202.9500

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    Heart Rhythm Center

    The Heart Rhythm Center at Baptist Heart Hospital is the region’s first facility of its kind. Our new state-of-the-art center is focused exclusively on taking care of heart rhythm disorders and provides a one-stop destination for electrophysiology (EP) procedures, including catheter-based ablations and implanting defibrillators, pacemakers, and other devices.

    Call our Heart Rhythm Center at 904.202.2342

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Leaders in high-risk heart valve repair

Baptist Health is often the first and/or only system in the region to offer leading-edge technologies and serves as a national training site for new learners. Some of the cardiovascular “firsts” in our region include:

✔️ 1st to bring transcatheter mitral valve repair (MitraClip) to the region for high-risk patients with congestive heart failure and mitral regurgitation

✔️ 1st in Jacksonville to perform a TAVR procedure using conscious sedation and no groin incision, which makes recovery easier for patients and reduces their hospital stay to only one or two days

✔️ Only comprehensive LAAO program in the Jacksonville area to offer both FDA-approved devices for LAAO (WATCHMAN and Amulet)

✔️ 1st Transcatheter Mitral Valve In Ring procedure (TMVIR) in Florida

✔️ 1st in the state and second in the country to perform procedures as part of the Amulet IDE and CATALYST trial

✔️ One of the first centers in the Jacksonville area to perform a transcatheter mitral valve-in-valve procedure (TMVIV)

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville received its first three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for excellent patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures.

Highly rated for care and outcomes

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville received its first three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for excellent patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures.

The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Baptist Jacksonville among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.

The analysis of data for the recognition covers a three-year period from January 2020 to December 2022.

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Advanced imaging for innovative cardiac treatments

The number of interventional heart procedures that rely on real-time imaging continues to grow. Advanced cardiac imaging technology allows our doctors to visualize the heart's structures and guide procedures with precision, ensuring effective and safe treatments.

  • Cardiac electrophysiologists at Baptist Health who specialize in implanting defibrillators rely on the cardiac MRI team for advanced imaging. Baptist Heart Hospital is one of only three heart centers in the state participating in a prestigious national clinical trial involving cardiac MRI and STEMI DTU (Door-to-Unload).
  • Cardiac CTA (computed tomography angiography), which combines a CT scan with an injection of dye, plays an important role in the Structural Heart Program at Baptist Health, especially when it comes to minimally invasive Transcatheter Aortic Replacement (TAVR) procedures and other therapies.
  • Vascular ultrasound imaging is an important component of evaluating and treating peripheral vascular disease (PVD), which can cause pain and poor circulation in the legs and arms. Baptist Health has several highly trained cardiologists who specialize in peripheral interventions.
  • Alcohol septal ablation is an interventional procedure that helps treat patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) and requires echocardiography as well as cardiac MRI support.
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Excellence in echocardiography imaging

Baptist Health System Jacksonville is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in echocardiography in the areas of adult transthoracic, transesophageal and stress.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Heart Surgery

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, or ERAS, is an innovative and evidence-based approach to surgery that results in improved outcomes for our patients at Baptist Health. Learn why ERAS is so beneficial to patients undergoing surgery at Baptist.

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Heart Surgery Success Stories

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    Celebrating 97 atop the Acosta

    McClure underwent a minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure to fix a heart valve issue, restoring proper blood flow.

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    Strange heart anatomy

    Taylor's rare coronary sinus heart structure was preventing access from the right atrium, complicating lead placement during pacemaker implantation surgery.

  • David Smith

    'Controlled heart attack'

    Smith's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy was successfully treated with alcohol septal ablation, a minimally invasive procedure that improves heart function by selectively destroying tissue.

  • Charles Lancaster and family

    A lot to live for

    Lancaster was one of Baptist Health's first patients to receive the BAROTSTIM NEO® System, an innovative pacemaker-like device designed to improve cardiovascular function.

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    Repairing the repair

    The Edwards Lifesciences Transcatheter Mitral Valve In Ring (TMVIR) procedure is a great option for patients like Bowler who have previous mitral valve repairs.

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    Top team, best outcome

    Liniado's mitral regurgitation (MR), a common type of heart valve disorder characterized by leaking of the mitral valve, was treated using a MitraClip™ procedure.