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Advanced Procedures

Advanced Procedures

A regional leader in cardiovascular medicine, St. Mary Medical Center is committed to providing a world-class comprehensive cardiovascular program.  To do so, the Medical Center has recruited highly skilled physicians from some of the nation's best medical schools and has invested in the most advanced technologies to help deliver optimal care to the community.


With a history of firsts, including having performed Bucks County's first open-heart surgery in 1997 and opening the Bucks County's first cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs , St. Mary has a focus on providing the most leading-edge technologies.  Cardiovascular patients can have confidence in the experienced physcians and advanced technologies offered at St. Mary because of its low risk of complications in treating even the most complex procedures.

Some of the advanced, minimally invasive procedures provided through the St. Mary Heart and Vascular Center include:

  • Emergency Angioplasty – St. Mary averages faster than the American College of Cardiology's recommended guidelines for 90-minute Door-to-Balloon time, with a monthly average closer to 77 minutes.
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Replacement or Repair – For patients who qualify, St. Mary cardiovascular surgeons use a small, two-inch key-hole incision to operate on the heart valves, eliminating the need to divide and retract the breast bone as is typically cone in open-heart surgery.
  • Atrial Fibrillation Ablation  – Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation offers patients improved control of the symptoms of irregular heartbeats while potentially reducing the long-term risk of complications.
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm – This minimally invasive surgery was first performed at St. Mary Medical Center in 2000 and offers a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery time for patients who otherwise would require major abdominal surgery to correct the aneurysm.
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT-D) – CRT-D uses a specialized pacemaker to re-coordinate the action of the right and left ventricles in patients with congestive heart failure.