Heart Surgery Clears the Path for
McLeod Cardiac Patients

At McLeod Health, our team of heart surgeons perform “open heart” surgical procedures to either correct an acquired defect (such as blockages in the coronary arteries) or congenital defects (heart problems appearing at birth).  During surgery they use the latest techniques in heart valve repair/replacement, repair erratic heart rhythms, and perform heart bypass surgery. Yet, their expertise extends beyond the heart, because our specialists are also board certified for thoracic surgery — dealing with the chest area and lungs.

  • Replacing a Diseased Heart Valve with Minimally Invasive Methods

    Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a new minimally invasive procedure being performed at McLeod Regional Medical Center, allows physicians to replace a patient’s diseased or damaged heart valve without removing the old valve. For patients whose health cannot withstand the stress of an open heart procedure the TAVR procedure may be an option.  Often, patients who undergo the TAVR procedure have other medical conditions that make them a better candidate for this type of surgery.


    TAVR is performed similar to a heart catheterization. A minimally invasive procedure, the physician inserts a catheter, a long flexible thin tube with the artificial valve, through a small incision in an artery in the leg, then guides it to the heart using X-ray imaging. The valve is precisely positioned across the diseased valve. The new valve is then released and starts functioning immediately. The old valve provides the foundation to hold the new valve in place.

    “One of the goals of the McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute is to adapt to changes in the delivery of medical care,” said Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Fred Krainin. “Patients with aortic stenosis who cannot undergo the surgical option because of their health concerns now have another alternative. With the minimally invasive opportunity of TAVR now being offered by McLeod we are getting these patients back to a quality of life they can enjoy.”

  • McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Team Honored with Rare Quality Rating

    The Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) awarded the McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgery Team with its highest 3-Star rating 3 years in a row for coronary artery bypass surgery (open heart bypass surgery). STS works to ensure patients receive quality surgical care. STS recently launched an online Patient Guide to Heart, Lung and Esophageal Surgery.

  • Heart Valve Clinic Expands Convenience and Diagnostic Care for Heart Patients

    To eliminate the need for multiple appointments with different specialties, McLeod heart valve clinics in Florence enable patients to meet at a single session with a team of specialists, including cardiologists and surgeons. After a series of tests, this cardiac team will talk with the patient about follow-up and treatment. Your physicians can refer you for an appointment by calling (843) 777-8258.

  • It’s Truly a Special Surgeon Who can Perform Heart Surgery While the Heart Still Beats

    A very small number of highly talented heart surgeons perform heart bypass surgery while the heart is still beating. McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Scot C. Shultz is one of those gifted surgeons. Many patients survive on a heart-lung machine while their heart is stopped and surgeon creates a route around a clogged artery. Learn more.