Expert heart care in Richmond

Committed to care and fast recovery since opening in 2003, Levinson Heart Institute at Chippenham Hospital is recognized as the first heart hospital in Virginia. For more than a decade, physicians and hospital teams have worked tirelessly to build the region’s premier cardiac care center, proving that experience matters when you’re dealing with the complex cardiovascular system.

Our cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons are consistently voted the best in Richmond among their peers and are devoted to advancing heart care in central Virginia.

For any questions regarding our cardiology services, or to schedule an appointment with a heart doctor at Chippenham, contact us by phone at (804) 483-3015.

Heart conditions we treat

Our board-certified cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons at Levinson provide comprehensive heart care for the following heart conditions:

Our heart services and treatments

Levinson Heart Institute at Chippenham provides a variety of centers and programs in our facility staffed with cardiothoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, radiologists and oncologists who provide quick and convenient care management for heart and respiratory conditions. Our cardiac services include:

From advanced tools for diagnosing conditions to the latest surgical innovation, we are at the forefront of the healthcare industry providing procedures and technologies including:

  • Convergent MAZE and WATCHMAN™ implants for atrial fibrillation
  • daVinci® robotic surgeries
  • S-ICD (subcutaneous implantable cardiodefibrillator) for ventricular arrhythmias

Cardiac arrest

Cardiac arrest means that the heart suddenly stops beating. The source of this condition is due to arrhythmia, or an irregular beating pattern of the heart. Cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. When a person has a heart attack, the blood flow to the heart is interrupted. This may be due to problems with the coronary arteries, such as a build-up of plaque, a blood clot or a thickening of the artery walls.

Sudden cardiac arrest does not discriminate based on age, gender, race or individual lifestyle. It can strike individuals who are in picture perfect fitness, even world class athletes. The most common type of arrhythmia to cause cardiac arrest is ventricular fibrillation.

Cardiac treatment options

The Joint Commission - Chest Pain Center

Our Accredited Chest Pain Center at Chippenham is proud to offer the S-ICD (subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator), which is a newer alternative to a traditional ICD device for ventricular fibrillation.

ICD therapy is a trustworthy therapy that has prolonged thousands of lives. The S-ICD uses groundbreaking technology to sense the heart rhythm, which allows it to quickly detect and correct abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). Unlike traditional ICDs, the S-ICD ™ System is implanted under the skin, creating a more discrete option while also leaving the heart and blood vessels untouched.

Candidates for S-ICDs are patients who:

  • Have low ejection fraction or heart failure
  • Are post-myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Do not require pacing and have a low heart rate
  • Have vascular access challenges
  • Have a higher risk for endovascular infection
  • Want a more discreet device placement
  • Have had a traditional ICD removed

What is the difference between S-ICD and a pacemaker?

Both devices are implanted and both use electrical impulses to stimulate the heart.

  • Pacemakers help control an abnormally slow heart rhythm by sending small electrical pulses to the heart if it is beating too slowly.
  • ICD devices, such as the S-ICD ™ System, send electric shocks to the heart when a dangerously fast heartbeat is detected in order to restore a normal heart rhythm. It is designed to prevent cardiac arrest.