Every day, your body’s heart and blood vessels work together to keep your mind and body functioning at its best. The heart and vascular care experts at Reading Hospital do the same. In fact, our care team treats more patients with heart and vascular disorders than most in the region. Using the latest surgical and minimally invasive technologies, we provide the highest level of care across a range of conditions including heart failure, carotid artery disease and advanced valve disease. Our leading cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons work closely to deliver personalized treatment options that best suit your needs — no matter how common or complex they may be — so you can recover faster and get back to living the life you love.

Our Expert Heart and Vascular Team Is Focused on You

Reading Hospital provides a full continuum of heart and vascular care. That means you have access to a team with expertise in both the prevention of disease and treatment of the most severe conditions. After being guided through risk assessments, lifestyle changes or other preventive measures, your primary care physician will refer you to one of our highly specialized team members:

Cardiologists: Diagnose and treat heart disorders, offering preventive care and individualized treatments using innovative technologies to help you get back to what you love to do
Interventional cardiologists: Treat complex heart conditions using minimally invasive techniques and technologies including advanced digital imaging in our cardiac catheterization labs for exceptional clarity of heart vessels, optimized comfort and quicker recovery times
Cardiothoracic surgeons: Specialize in all areas of the chest including the heart, lungs and esophagus, providing personalized care plans including surgical, minimally invasive and hybrid treatment options to ensure you can thrive before, during and after your care
Vascular surgeons: Deliver the highest quality diagnostic, medical and surgical options with the most advanced technology in the region, including minimally invasive endovascular techniques, so you receive the most effective and individualized treatments that enhance comfort and expedite recovery

Redefining Heart and Vascular Care

As one of the most technologically advanced and sophisticated centers in the region, Reading Hospital provides personalized care and convenient access to effective and preventive treatments for the following:

Preventive cardiology: Heart Health and Fitness programs seek to strengthen your heart and reduce your risk of disease through exercise, education, nutrition counseling and behavior modification
Heart arrhythmias: First hospital in PA to offer Ex-Maze, a minimally invasive procedure performed by an electrophysiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon to ablate the outside and inside of the heart when treating atrial fibrillation (severe arrhythmia)
Heart failure: First hospital in the region to offer CardioMEMS, a heart failure monitoring device proven to reduce hospital admissions significantly, alongside a proactive and personalized Heart Failure program offering many other surgical and non-surgical treatment options
Advanced valve disease: Minimally invasive alternatives for open heart surgery such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), which provides increased comfort, expedited recovery times and shorter hospital stays
Carotid artery disease: Only hospital in Berks County to offer transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR), the most advanced endovascular technique treating blocked carotid arteries, minimizing chances of a stroke and providing faster recoveries
Coronary artery disease: Treatment options include coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and hybrid revascularization — some of which can be done minimally invasively and only available at Reading Hospital
Vascular disease: Full range of minimally invasive and non-surgical options from thrombolytic therapy to endovascular procedures, bypass surgery for the treatment of peripheral artery disease and the only hospital in Berks County to offer radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of venous disease
Aneurysm repair: More comfortable, minimally invasive alternatives that enable faster recovery and quicker mobility, often within 24 hours. These include endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), a procedure used to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm, and thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), which uses thin catheters to deliver a stent graft that strengthens the weak blood vessel wall at the aneurysm


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Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery: 4 Years in a Row (2015-2018)
Receiving a five-star rating from Healthgrades shows that coronary bypass surgery patients at Reading Hospital experience minimal in-hospital complications and optimal outcomes before and up to a month after care.

Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure: 6 Years in a Row (2013-2018)
Receiving this five-star rating shows that heart failure patients who turn to Reading Hospital experience minimal in-hospital complications and optimal outcomes before and up to a month after care.


Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for Acute MI and Heart Failure
Earning this kind of distinction is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality in an organization’s commitment to meeting specific performance standards for patients. Reading Hospital attained excellence on quality measures that meet four criteria (research, proximity, accuracy, adverse effects) designed to identify measures that produce the most significant positive impact on patient outcomes.

Disease-Specific Certification for Heart Failure Program
Certification processes are rigorous and focused on patient safety and better-quality patient outcomes. To meet the standards for this certification, a facility must meet performance measure requirements for six different measures including beta-blocker therapy, post-discharge appointments for heart failure patients, care transition record transmitted, discussion of advance directive/advance care planning, advance directive executed and post-discharge evaluation for heart failure patients.


Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for Heart Failure
Hospitals receiving the Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85% or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association for 24 consecutive months. Those hospitals have also demonstrated 75% compliance to at least four quality measures during the 12-month period.

Mission: Lifeline® Gold Plus Receiving Award for Heart Attack
Reading Hospital earned Gold recognition for achieving 85% or higher composite adherence to all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality achievement indicators for consecutive 24-month intervals and 75% or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.

Mission: Lifeline Bronze NSTEMI Award
Reading Hospital earned Bronze recognition for achieving 85% or higher composite adherence to all Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI performance achievement indicators for consecutive 90-day intervals and 65% adherence to dual antiplatelet prescription at discharge to improve the quality of care for NSTEMI patients.


Blue Distinction® Center for Cardiac Care
This distinction shows that Reading Hospital has a proven history of delivering exceptional care and positive patient outcomes. To receive this distinction, a facility must provide a full range of inpatient cardiac care surgeries including coronary artery bypass graft surgery, heart valve surgery and angioplasty. Facilities must also demonstrate better quality care and improve outcomes for patients, including lower rates of complications following specific cardiac procedures.


U.S. News: Rated High Performing for Congestive Heart Failure
Across all 16 specialties U.S. News & World Report recognizes, only 152 U.S. hospitals performed well enough to be nationally ranked in one or more specialties. U.S. News & World Report evaluates how well virtually all U.S. hospitals perform in heart failure using data on patient outcomes, nurse staffing, volume and more. Reading Hospital is nationally ranked as high performing for congestive heart failure.

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