Your heart’s in good hands at Trident Health’s Heart Center. We’re proud to be the only healthcare provider in the Charleston, South Carolina region to have earned the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ highest ranking for open heart surgery. The ranking places our program among the top 15 percent of similar programs in the U.S. and Canada.

Additionally, we are providing new hope for patients with valve disease and those who are at risk for stroke due to atrial fibrillation through our expertise in TAVR and the WATCHMAN implantable device.

Awards and certifications

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care The Joint Commission Intersocietal Accreditation Commission

American Heart Association

  • Silver Plus – heart failure
  • Platinum – AMI
  • Gold Plus – Stroke
  • Bronze – Mission Lifeline (STEMI patients)

Heart condition diagnosis

Trident Health uses a number of different diagnostic tests to provide your physician with a complete picture of your condition. Our staff of radiologists and cardiologists are specially trained in cardiac imaging so you can feel confident in your diagnosis.

64-slice CT scanner

The 64-slice CT scanner is one of the most advanced cardiac diagnostic tools available today. A CT scan creates a 3D picture of the heart, giving a clear and immediate view of the entire heart, including valves, heart muscle and blood vessels.


A coronary CT angiogram, sometimes called a CCTA, is a cardiac imaging study that is performed on a 64-slice CT scanner. The purpose of a CCTA is to visualize the coronary arteries and assess for narrowing and atherosclerosis. CCTA also allows cardiologists to evaluate atypical chest pain and unusual coronary arteries and helps surgeons plan for complex cardiac surgery.

To prepare for the exam, you will receive an IV in one of your arms and three EKG leads will be placed on your chest. Your heart rate will be monitored prior to the exam and during the exam. During the exam, you will be asked to hold your breath several times, for about 20 seconds each time. Contrast material is then injected, causing you to feel warm all over, but you should not feel pain at any time. The scan takes about 10 to 25 minutes to complete.

To schedule a coronary CT angiogram, please call the Trident Health System central scheduling line at (843) 797-8854 or (800) 882-0664.

Cardiac surgery

Trident Health System offers a complete range of cardiovascular surgeries including:

  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic vein harvesting
  • Heart valve replacement
  • Implantable cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers
  • MAZE / arrhythmia surgeries
  • Minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve repair and replacement
  • Repair of adult congenital heart lesions

We are proud to provide patients with state-of-the-art operating rooms and an intensive care unit. The open -heart-and-cardiology intensive care unit is equipped with the latest advancements needed for expert evaluation and monitoring of patients following surgery.

Stroke-reduction device

Trident Health System is proud to offer the WATCHMAN™ Device, a new stroke risk-reduction option and an alternative to long-term warfarin therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation. The WATCHMAN™ Device is implanted through the leg using a catheter-based system. The device is designated to permanently close off the left atrial appendage, believed to be the source of a majority of stroke-causing blood clots.

Implanting the WATCHMAN™ Device is a one-time procedure that usually lasts about an hour and is typically conducted with general anesthesia. Following the procedure, patients typically stay in the hospital 24 hours and, over time, some can discontinue long-term warfarin therapy.

Find out if the WATCHMAN™ Device is right for you.