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Centra Heart & Vascular Institute

We use advanced tests and treatments to care for people with common or complex cardiovascular problems.

Our approach to care

Thank you for trusting your heart and vascular health to Centra. It’s a privilege to get to know you — and we look forward to caring for you for years to come. If you have an upcoming follow-up appointment, test or procedure, we want you to have a positive experience. Follow the tips below to help ensure a simple, streamlined visit.

Get ready for your appointment

If you have an upcoming follow-up appointment, test or procedure, we want you to have a positive experience. Follow the tips below to help ensure a simple, streamlined visit. Prepare for your visit by taking care of the following items ahead of time:

  • Review your health insurance information. See if you’ll need to pay a copay for your visit, and how much it will cost. If you’re not sure which services your insurance covers, or you have questions about deductibles or coinsurance, call your insurance provider. You can also call our billing department with questions about charges at 434.200.3777.
  • Gather your current medications. Your provider will need to know which prescription medications you take, including the name, dose and how often you take it. Plan to bring your medications (in their original pharmacy containers) with you to your appointment.
  • Make a list of questions. Write down any questions or concerns you have, so you can make sure they’re all addressed during your visit. If you want an extra set of ears to help take in all the information offered by your provider, feel free to bring a friend or loved one with you to your appointment.
  • Double-check your appointment time. Make sure to note the time and location of your appointment. For your convenience, we will give you a reminder call two days prior to your visit. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please do so at least 24 hours in advance by calling 434.200.5252.
  • Plan your route. If you’re visiting us for the first time, make sure you know how to get here, where to park and where to check in. Don’t hesitate to call the location where your appointment is to ask for directions. 

Day of visit

We look forward to seeing you at your appointment. Please make sure to:

  • Arrive early. Plan to get here at the time written on your appointment card, so you have time to complete the check-in process.
  • Be prepared to pay your copay. We prefer to collect insurance copays during the check-in process.
  • Bring required items. Please bring your health insurance card and driver’s license or other form of ID. You should also bring your current medications in their original bottles, and any forms we’ve asked you to fill out ahead of time.
  • Ask questions during your appointment. We want to make sure you understand your diagnosis and the type of care you’ll need. Use this time to ask your provider questions or bring up concerns.

Your provider will let you know if you need to schedule a follow-up visit, complete lab or imaging tests, or have a medical or surgical procedure. We will give you instructions to guide you through next steps. We will also make sure your primary care doctor (or other referring physician) is informed about any cardiovascular care you receive at Centra.

Related Services

Congenital & Pediatric Heart Care

Our pediatric cardiologists treat heart problems that children were born with (congenital) or develop after birth (acquired). These include conditions such as aortic stenosis and Kawasaki disease.

Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

If you’re recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery or heart failure, your doctor may recommend cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Our rehab specialists help you regain your health with personalized recommendations for exercise, healthy eating and lifestyle changes.

Vein Care

If you’re tired of living with varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency, it may be time to see a vein specialist at the Centra Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Center.


The Centra Heart & Vascular Institute (HVI) endocrinology team diagnoses and treats many problems that affect the endocrine system, which includes the body’s glands.

Wound Care

Wound care experts at the Centra Heart & Vascular Institute (HVI) manage and monitor all types of skin wounds, ulcers, sores and burns.

Weight Loss & Bariatric Surgery

The weight management experts at the Centra Heart & Vascular Institute have helped many patients transform their habits and health.


There are many types of arrhythmias, each requiring different levels of treatment. Our arrhythmia specialists (electrophysiologists) can confirm whether your symptoms are harmless or serious. We’ll also help you prevent complications such as stroke, heart failure or sudden cardiac arrest.

Valve & Structural Heart Disease Center

Conditions that affect your heart’s structure — such as aortic stenosis and mitral valve disease — are often referred to as structural heart disease.

Vascular Medicine & Surgery

If you have a vascular condition (disease or damage in your veins or arteries), our innovative treatments can help. We’ll work with you to reduce your symptoms, improve your quality of life and avoid amputation.

Cardiac Imaging

A precise diagnosis is the first step on your path to potentially life-changing or lifesaving treatments. Thanks to modern imaging technology available right here in central Virginia, we can diagnose heart and vascular conditions quickly, safely and accurately.

Interventional Cardiology

Interventional procedures (or cardiac catheterization procedures) in many cases are just as effective as heart surgery — but with fewer risks. This means many people who are not good candidates for surgery still have lifesaving treatment options.

Congestive Heart Failure Center

For many people with heart failure, early diagnosis and proper treatment can slow its progression — preventing fatigue, weakness and breathing problems. In fact, when heart failure is optimally treated, we can often change the course of the disease and improve heart function.

Heart Surgery

Our team offers the full range of surgery options to treat problems inside the chest cavity, including heart, lung and esophagus conditions. We perform traditional, open heart surgery and newer, less invasive approaches that may help you recover more quickly and with less pain.

Sleep Services

From our compassionate and highly trained staff to our state-of-the-art polysomnography equipment, we offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options for sleep disorders.

Atrial Fibrillation

In the Afib Clinic at the Centra Heart & Vascular Institute, we provide timely, comprehensive, specialty care for afib patients. Goals of the afib clinic include in-depth discussions around stroke risk reduction, management options to include rate verses rhythm control strategies as well as risk factor modifications.

Where you can find us

We have a number of conveniently located facilities in your neighborhood. See all Locations

Meet our team

Centra's team of Caregivers is dedicated to providing the most advanced, personalized care.
Patient testimonial
"There was little pain and a quick recovery. I'm glad I did the (WATCHMAN) procedure. Going off blood thinners meant my Afib could be managed without the constant risk of bleeding. The staff at Centra Heart & Vascular Institute was considerate and concerned."
— Micki Singer, Structural Heart Disease Patient

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