For over 50 years, Maine Medical Center has maintained a tradition of cardiac excellence, resulting in many firsts in Maine, including:
- First open heart surgery (1959)
- First pacemaker implanted (1963)
- First coronary artery bypass surgery (1972)
- First Balloon Angioplasty (1982)
- First LVAD (left ventricular assist device) implanted (1997)
- First robotic mitral valve replacement (2004)
- First Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (2009)
- First Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (2012)
Today, the providers of the Maine Medical Center Cardiovascular Institute continue to build on the dedication it takes to deliver high quality, cutting edge heart care. Their commitment to bringing the most advanced cardiac expertise and procedures to Maine is at the very heart of the Cardiovascular Institute. This progressive approach puts patients in the best hands to fight heart disease, leading to longer, healthier lives.
Our expertise and quality outcomes have earned us special recognition from U.S. News and World Report, ranking Maine Medical Center as the number-one hospital in Maine and naming Cardiology and Heart Surgery as one of eight “high performing” specialties within the hospital.