Institute for Cardiovascular Health

The Institute provides the community with the benefit of a blend of cutting-edge technology, highly qualified and competent physicians and staff, and a commitment to compassionate quality care. Preventive services include screenings for cardiac disease, wellness programs and risk reduction.


Our medical treatment options for heart disease are progressive, including offering the first regional Outpatient Inotropic Heart Therapy Program for select patients with heart failure.

Cardiac Catheterization Lab
The cardiac cath has been described as the most important cardiac diagnostic method.  It is considered to be the gold standard for diagnosing coronary artery obstructions, valvular disorders and congenital heart disease. MORE INFORMATION>>

Electrophysiology (EP) Lab
If you have experienced symptoms of arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) your physician may want to look more closely at the electrical function of your heart  MORE INFORMATION>>


The Center for Heart Disease Prevention at Candler Hospital provides both primary prevention and secondary prevention programs to modify cardiovascular risk factors.

This is an individualized lifestyle management and cardiovascular risk reduction program.  This interactive program uses state-of-the-art behavior modification techniques to help individuals reduce their risks and achieve their specific health goals. MORE INFORMATION>>

Risk Reduction
The Center for Heart Disease Prevention offers outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation, and the cardiovascular risk reduction and reversal program. MORE INFORMATION>>


Vascular diseases affect the network of blood vessels that circulate blood to and from the heart and lungs.  The Institute has a clinical non-invasive vascular laboratory, which allows state-of-the-art vascular diagnostic testing.

Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
For select patients, a less invasive approach to the conventional repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm is available.  This alternative, known as the endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms, is done using two small groin incisions rather than an abdominal incision.  Patients usually do not need to go to the intensive care unit, and often can be discharged sooner, and frequently resume normal activity in about a week.


The HeartCare Center at St. Joseph's/Candler offers the finest surgeons and staff and the most comprehensive surgical services available in the region. Thoracic surgeons on staff at St. Joseph's/Candler recently began performing heart surgery using minimally invasive cardiac surgery techniques that may offer patients improvement in the pain and recovery that normally accompanies major heart operations.

The concept of "keyhole" open-heart surgery was introduced in Savannah by surgeons at St. Joseph's Hospital. These surgeons have also recently expanded the varieties of heart surgery utilizing the "key hole" procedure to include other vessels of the heart.

Duke University and the Cleveland Clinic recently completed separate studies which indicate that patients whose doctors have more experience performing life-saving procedures, such as balloon angioplasty, are less likely to experience complications and more likely to survive the procedure. St. Joseph's/Candler performs more open-heart procedures on an annual basis than any other health system in southeast Georgia. It is a leader in thoracic surgery and interventional cardiology as well as the areas leading provider of heart pacer and Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator surgery.

Open Heart Surgery
St. Joseph's/Candler Health System performs more open-heart procedures on an annual basis than any other health system in southeast Georgia. It is a leader in thoracic surgery and interventional cardiology as well as the areas leading provider of heart pacer and Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator surgery.

Staffed by an expert team of cardiologists, surgeons, technologists, and cardiac nurses, The HeartCare Center at St. Joseph's/Candler Health System offers the regions foremost specialists in both thoracic surgery and interventional cardiology.

A recently developed procedure known as MIDCAB (minimally invasive direct vision coronary artery bypass) offers a select group of patients with coronary artery disease an alternative to coronary artery bypass grafting with cardiopulmonary bypass. Compared with customary coronary artery bypass graft surgery, the MIDCAB procedure has a smaller modified incision, requires less operative time, eliminates the risk of cardiopulmonary bypass, and is, as the name implies, far less invasive.

Single or multiple vessels are revascularized while the heart remains warm and beating. Movement of the beating heart is dampened in the area of the targeted bypass vessel with the use of mechanical stabilizers by the surgeon. The anesthetist may pharmacologically slow the heart rate. The combination of slowed heart rate and mechanical tamponade by the stabilizers may lead to profound hemodynamic and ischemic changes that may be poorly tolerated in a patient with multiple vessel disease and concurrent disease processes.

Extubation and recovery times are far shorter for MIDCAB procedures, leading to earlier discharge and substantial cost savings. The surgical techniques for cardiac bypass surgery have evolved dramatically during the past few years. It is the unique combination of anesthetic monitoring, quick response to hemodynamic changes, and manipulation of physiologic parameters that makes providing anesthesia for minimally invasive cardiac bypass surgery exceptionally challenging.

St. Joseph's Hospital
11705 Mercy Boulevard
Savannah, GA  31419

Candler Hospital
5353 Reynolds Street
Savannah, GA  31405