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Why should you receive treatment
at the AMC Heart Institute?

The AMC Heart Institute, initially launched as a heart center in June 1989 when AMC was established, was promoted to a top-notch independent institution in 2009. As an internationally-recognized medical center, the institute attributes its world-class medical services and research qualifications to its efforts in creating a patient-centered system.

The Heart Institute has three main centers that are disease-specific including the departments of cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, and vascular surgery. In these centers, the institute provides specialized and differentiated medical services through a multidisciplinary approach. They include the Ischemic Heart Disease Center, the Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplantation Center, the Valvular Heart Disease Center, the Atrial Fibrillation Center, the Aortic Disease Center, the Peripheral Vascular Disease Center, the Cardiac Imaging Center, and the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention & Rehabilitation Center.

The Heart Institute takes a leading role in the fields of heart disease treatment and research both at home and abroad. The Institute uses the latest surgical techniques including hybrid cardiac surgeries and minimally-invasive cardiac surgeries. It is recognized as a leader in left main coronary artery stenting.

Major procedures and surgeries

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)

AMC’s Heart Institute stands as a global leader in the medical field for it contains the nation’s largest angiography and operating room, handled by the best medical professionals with excellent teamwork. Amongst the nation’s single medical institutions, AMC’s Heart Institute is the most experienced, performing more than 3,500 coronary angiographies, 2,000 percutaneous coronary interventions, and 300 coronary artery bypass graft surgeries a year. In particular, left main coronary artery stenting is the most complicated technique and likely to cause complications, but AMC has developed various surgical techniques based on its experience since the first successful operation. The developments are published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), shifting the paradigm of left main coronary artery stenting.

Heart transplantation

AMC has succeeded the first heart transplantation in 1992 in Korea with patients living more than 25 years as of 2017. Since then, AMC has performed more than 600 heart transplantations, accounting for an astounding 45% of all heart transplantations performed in Korea. To achieve such great performance, AMC’s medical professionals are constantly engaged in clinical research activities. Moreover, not only does the institute pride in its large number of heart transplantation patients but also reports survival rates that are far higher than those reported by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT).

Transcathter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

AMC performed the first transcutaneous aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in 2010 and has succeeded more than 300 cases. This is the largest amount performed in a single medical institution throughout Asia. The success rate has also significantly increased in recent years. Medical professionals of the departments of cardiology, thoracic & cardiovascular surgery, anesthesiology and pain medicine, and radiology work in close collaboration to produce the best results. The hybrid operating room is equipped with state-of-the-art medical facilities and equipment. Here, both medical and surgical treatments can be performed simultaneously.

AMC’s treatment performance

Major surgeries and procedures / performance

  • First to succeed in mitral balloon valvuloplasty in Korea (1989)
  • First to succeed in coronary artery stenting in Korea (1991)
  • First to succeed in heart transplantation (1992) and the largest number performed in Korea
  • First to succeed in defibrillation implantation in Korea (1996)
  • First to succeed in left main coronary artery stenting in the world (1998)
  • First cardiac rehabilitation program in Asia approved by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) (2011)
  • First to succeed in bioabsorbable coronary stenting in Korea (2015)
  • The largest number of da Vinci robot-assisted heart surgeries performed in Korea
  • The largest number of sutureless aortic valve replacement performed in Korea
  • The largest number of transcutaneous aortic valve replacement performed in Korea

Research activities