Cardiothoracic Surgery

Finding out that you need cardiothoracic (heart, lung or vascular) surgery can bring on a flood of emotions, from fear of the procedure to relief about getting the care you need.

That’s why the cardiothoracic surgeons at Stormont Vail Health are committed to making surgery as successful and stress-free as possible.


Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) affect the heart and blood vessels. Symptoms of CVDs vary widely ranging from chest pain to palpitations. Common symptoms of CVDs include:

  • Chest pain
  • Lightheadedness/dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Exhaustion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Swelling in your lower body

Types of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Diseases

Treatment Options

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Many of our patients are referred to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program to help them recover from cardiothoracic surgery. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program staff follow patients through recovery, teach them about living a healthy lifestyle, and help them build up fitness and strength through exercise.

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