Heart & Vascular Care

Heart Health is a Priority at Pardee

As Western North Carolina continues to grow, so does the region’s changing health care needs. Our goal is to grow and change with our community so that we are the resource for outstanding care that our community deserves and expects. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., and it is essential that Pardee UNC Health Care provide quality treatment for what has become a systemic health risk for those near our doors and afar.

Life Saving Care for Heart Attacks

In matters of the heart, every second counts. Did you know that many heart attacks can be treated with interventional cardiology procedures and do not require open-heart surgery? Because Pardee is now a designated for 24/7 STEMI and a PCI-receiving hospital, we have the resources and expertise to provide round-the-clock interventional cardiology coverage for Henderson, Transylvania, and Polk County residents. When a heart attack occurs, you will be transported to and treated at a hospital much closer to home. We believe that this can mean better outcomes and healthier patients. Learn more here.

Personalized Cardiac Care Using Advanced Technology

Since no two people are alike, we treat each patient with a personalized approach while using advanced technology to diagnose and treat the full spectrum of heart and vascular conditions. At Pardee UNC Health Care, we believe in taking the least invasive road to recovery possible in order to minimize risk, downtime, and discomfort. This philosophy is the driving force behind the care that we strive to provide each and every patient.

Pardee has implemented a new type of laboratory test to check a certain enzyme in a patient's blood for those experiencing symptoms of chest pain. This test, called High Sensitivity Troponin-I, is more sensitive than previous testing available and also provides test results more quickly. Pardee is proud to be one of the first in the UNC Health system to take this progressive step to enhance patient care.

Your Heart Hospital: The Pardee Advantage

At Pardee UNC Health Care, you will find a multitude of comprehensive heart and vascular services to ensure that you get the best possible results, from diagnostic testing and minimally invasive procedures, to vascular emergency surgery.

An Outstanding Team of Cardiologists and Vascular Physicians

Our diverse cardiology team is led by physicians and surgeons with nationally recognized backgrounds. These physicians hail from highly regarded fellowship programs and bring their expertise and experience to the team and our community. The continued growth of our cardiology team is part of our commitment to bringing our community the care they deserve, close to home. In an industry where it is common to wait weeks or even months for an appointment, we strive to innovate and excel beyond our competition to better meet the needs of our community. Our testing and screening is performed with state-of-the-art technology and our technologists and technicians have over 100 years of combined experience.

State-of-the-Art Cardiac Catheterization and Cardiac Rehab

In addition, Pardee UNC Health Care has a complete catheterization lab committed solely to the diagnosis and treatment of coronary heart disease. These services are executed by a board-certified, nationally recognized team of cardiologists and vascular surgeons, and a clinical team who can provide unrivaled care for an array of diagnoses. We aim to help you through the entire treatment process, from the time you come through our doors until you are ready to resume your life. At Pardee, this means offering cardiac rehabilitation to help you get back into day-to-day life.

Empowerment for a Heart Healthy Life

Our goal is to provide every person in our community the resources to make real lifestyle changes in order to stay healthy and on the road to a happy heart. We also offer heart health education, including exercise and nutritional programs, to ensure that members of our community avoid ever becoming patients. Empowerment is often our most powerful tool to encourage everyone to live a heart healthy life.

Advanced Vascular Surgery and Vein Clinic

The vascular surgeons at Pardee UNC Health Care treat problems specifically related to blood vessels within the body. Our experienced vascular specialists and surgeons offer advanced treatment for life-threatening conditions including blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, arthrosclerosis, and coronary artery disease. We also provide relief from common vein conditions, including varicose veins and spider veins. We offer our patients an array of treatment options such as:

Our vascular specialists treat numerous common vascular conditions including:

Awards for Cardiology and Vascular Care

Pardee UNC Health Care has received the following awards for heart failure and peripheral vascular bypass, due to our service offerings and the outstanding work of our clinical team:

  • Accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for Echocardiography (2020)
  • Received Chest Pain Center Accreditation by the American College of Cardiology (2020)
  • Awarded Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award (2020)
  • Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “high performing” in heart failure treatment (2016-2017)
  • Recognized by Healthgrades® in 2016 as a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure
  • Recognized by Healthgrades® for 3 Years in a Row (2014-2016) as a Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass

If you experience any of the following symptoms, consistent with a heart attack or acute coronary syndrome, call 911 immediately—do not attempt to drive:

  • Chest pain or pressure, or a strange feeling in the chest
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in the back, neck, jaw, or upper belly, or in one or both shoulders or arms
  • Lightheadedness or sudden weakness
  • A fast or irregular heartbeat


Chest Pain Center Accreditation

In 2020, Pardee was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.


In 2014, HEALTHSTRONG Hospital, a network of top performing hospitals rated Pardee Hospital as part of iVantage's Hospital Strength INDEX™