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Sands-Constellation Heart Institute

Heart Care That Changes Lives

The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute is a network of heart care experts located throughout the Rochester area and Central and Western New York regions, working together to provide each and every patient with the latest and best possible cardiac care.We have a national reputation as a center of excellence in diagnosing, preventing, treating and managing heart disease and conditions. We were recognized by Healthgrades in 2019 as being among the top 5% in the country for heart services.

Our Heart Services

  • Cardiac Rehab

    Our Cardiac Rehabilitation programs provide comprehensive support that can restore your health or – even better – help you avoid cardiac problems altogether.

    Learn about our Cardiac Rehab services
  • Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

    Our experts are specially trained to evaluate, treat and provide long-term care for people with any stage of heart failure.

    Learn more about our comprehensive approach
  • Heart Rhythm Services

    Rochester Regional Health's Sands-Constellation Heart Institute offers specialized clinics and centers to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms.

    Explore our Heart Rhythm services
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Program

    We offer the region’s most experienced team in caring for HCM patients and their families, offering innovative treatments that are not available at other institutions locally. 

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  • Vascular Services

    Vascular services deal with imaging of the body’s network of blood vessels, which includes the arteries, veins and capillaries that carry blood to and from the heart.

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  • General Cardiology Services

    Our expert cardiologists use the very latest in heart testing to evaluate and diagnose cardiac disorders and offers the full range of non-invasive cardiology testing services.

    Learn more about our Cardiology services
  • Heart Surgery

    Our cardiothoracic surgical teams are among the most experienced and most highly trained in the country. We perform more than 1,200 surgeries each year, making the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute the fourth largest cardiac surgery center in New York.

    Meet our heart surgeons
  • WATCHMAN Program

    We provide a comprehensive range of heart rhythm and AFib care, including offering world-class expertise and innovative treatments like WATCHMAN.

    Learn more about the WATCHMAN Program
  • Interventional Cardiology Program

    Our expert team of cardiologists and other providers specialize in treating patients with coronary artery disease, structural heart disease and peripheral vascular diseases.

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  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

    The Rochester Regional Sands-Constellation Heart Institute is a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) center. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure for people who have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the heart valve opening) and are considered either high-risk or too sick for open heart surgery.

    Learn about our process

Learn About Gordon's Story

When heart surgery is needed, the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute at Rochester General Hospital is equipped with the latest technology and some of the most skilled cardiac surgeons in the country.

Gordon, 61, suffered his cardiac arrest at work last June and was rushed unconscious to Unity. Doctors restarted his heart, but he remained unresponsive. Physicians could not operate until his heart’s rhythm was stabilized. In order to limit damage to his brain, Cameron Hall, MD, made the decision to deliberately reduce Gordon’s core body temperature to around 90 degrees through therapeutic hypothermia.
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America's 100 Best Stroke Care

Our team at Rochester General Hospital has been awarded by Healthgrades as one of America's 100 Best Stroke Care hospitals 4 years in a row (2017-2020). We have also been consistently awarded for our five-star treatment of stroke. 
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A Regional Approach

No matter where you live in Western New York and the Finger Lakes, the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute is ready to assist you. Our cardiology teams are located around the region, giving you easy access to our comprehensive care network. And we work closely with all referring physicians to make sure you or your loved one is quickly connected to the appropriate specialist. Find a Heart Institute location near you.When heart surgery is needed, the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute at Rochester General Hospital is equipped with the latest technology and some of the most skilled cardiac surgeons in the country.
Find a Heart Institute location near you

Committed to preventing Heart Disease, Stroke, and Heart Attacks

We have a strong focus on prevention and patient education. SCHI offers a full-service cardiac rehabilitation program where you can receive counseling on diet and nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, stress management and exercise in a safe and monitored environment following a cardiac event. And because prevention is the best cure for cardiac disease, our team of exercise specialists, registered dieticians, and social workers are available to assist you in learning more about your best defenses against heart disease and stroke and what you can do to keep your heart healthy. 

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