Cardiac and Vascular Care
The Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is a nationally recognized program that is a destination for those requiring highly specialized cardiac and vascular care.
Patients benefit from the expertise of physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working together in a variety of areas including cardiology, cardiac surgery, vascular medicine, vascular surgery and cardiac behavioral medicine.
The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute features six highly specialized clinical Centers:
Physicians in these Centers are addressing the prevention and treatment of cardiac and vascular disease through the investigation of new technologies, drugs, techniques and devices that ultimately translate into the best patient care.
Rankings and Accomplishments
Since the inception of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute we have achieved among the best survival in the country from the most commonly occurring cardiovascular conditions to the most complex — a reason why the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions.
The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute has ascended from unranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2005 to 6th in the nation in 2016. In addition, we have the largest heart valve surgery volume and the largest transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program in Illinois. From 2004–15, the number of complex cardiac surgeries at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute increased by over 600 percent.
Niche Clinical Programs
What sets us apart is that we continue to evolve and create niche clinical programs for patients with complex diagnoses and disorders such as those with atrial fibrillation, high-risk aneurysms, congenital heart disease, chronically occluded coronary arteries, heart failure, pulmonary vascular disease and advanced valvular heart disease. These niche programs include dedicated nurse coordinators who work with physicians and patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.
Research and Clinical Trials
The many benefits that our patients receive are in large part due to the shared commitment between the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. The partnership has led to the creation of the Clinical Trials Unit of Northwestern. This unique facility is dedicated specifically to innovative research and the evaluation of clinical outcomes in order to provide the most advanced treatment options and improve the quality of care for the cardiovascular patient. Our research efforts include multicenter clinical trials studying the multiple applications of 4D MRI, transcatheter valve replacement therapy, endovascular stent grafting for aneurysms and dissections and advanced heart failure therapies including ventricular assist devices.
Referring Physician Relationships
It goes without saying that the strength of the relationship that we have with referring physicians is imperative to a positive patient outcome and experience. This collaboration is a critical component of eliminating the challenges that come with providing complex cardiovascular care. We are extremely grateful for the trust that referring physicians have in our team as we strive to benefit patients with the treatments and services available at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.
A targeted physician recruitment effort, along with the retention and development of existing team members has been a successful catalyst to advancing the exceptional care we offer our patients. Our staff features nationally renowned and highly recognized leaders. We are proud to have two past presidents of the American Heart Association on staff and a number of our physicians have authored national guidelines that guide clinical care across the United States.