When it comes to innovative care for the patient with heart disease, the Joel E. Smilow Heart Institute at Bridgeport Hospital continues to be a leader in providing 21st century care to communities in Fairfield County.

Our dedicated team of nurses, cardiologists and cardiac surgeons deliver personalized care to thousands of people. This has resulted in Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, being recognized nationally as a center for leading-edge cardiac care.

A History of Cardiovascular Firsts

Bridgeport Hospital was the first institution in the state to perform balloon angioplasty, in 1981.

Other firsts include:

  • First implantable defibrillator for the treatment of sudden death in Fairfield County
  • First electrophysiology lab for the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms in Fairfield County
  • First use of coronary stents in Fairfield County
  • First accredited Chest Pain Center in Connecticut
  • First catheter-based (non-surgical) atrial fibrillation ablation in Fairfield County
  • First and only interventional cardiology training program in Fairfield County
  • First Mini-Maze minimally invasive surgery for atrial fibrillation in Fairfield County
  • First MRI-compatible pacemaker in Connecticut
  • First in New England to perform hybrid ablation for atrial fibrillation

All of these advances mean better care for you, our patient.

An Experienced Cardiac Team

Heart Institute physicians have the training and experience that inspire confidence. Our staff specializes in cardiovascular medicine, non-invasive diagnostic testing, cardiac catheterizations, electrophysiology, catheter procedures, cardiac surgery and the treatment of peripheral arterial disease. In addition to physicians trained at the very best universities and hospitals, the Heart Institute team includes registered nurses, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, technicians and sonographers, all with advanced training in cardiac care.

Physician assistants, care managers, dietitians, physical therapists, perfusionists and other staff round out the care offered. Knowing that each patient's personal situation and preferences allows the team to plan out an individualized program of care.