WakeMed Heart & Vascular

WakeMed Heart & Vascular brings together experts in cardiology and cardiovascular, thoracic, and vascular surgery who are dedicated to delivering the highest level of cardiovascular care to patients in Wake County, eastern North Carolina and all of the Southeast.

For decades, we have been a leader in cardiovascular surgical care – well-known for our compassionate, personalized care matched with a relentless focus on quality and exceptional outcomes. While much has changed in the world of heart surgery since performing our first open heart surgery in 1968, our team remains committed to putting the needs of our patients and their families above all else.

Our Minimally-Invasive Innovations & Enhanced Recovery Protocols Help Patients

We remain at the forefront of innovation by offering the most advanced cardiac, thoracic, and vascular procedures such as TAVR, TEVAR, TEER, ECMO, laser extraction and much more. We offer all minimally invasive options for appropriate candidates.

Our participation in the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CTSN) allows WakeMed Heart & Vascular to bring the latest trials in cardiac and thoracic surgery to our patients. And we continue to focus on exceptional surgical outcomes through our Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERAS) program.

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Meet Our Heart Valve Specialists

WakeMed Heart & Vascular has assembled a special team of heart valve specialists that are committed to getting patients the best results. Our team consists of many leading surgeons and cardiologists that you can learn more about by clicking the links below:

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Leslie Poythress

Hi, my name is Leslie Poythress and I am the heart valve clinic coordinator for WakeMed Heart & Vascular.

I have been in the healthcare field for nearly 20 years as a certified medical scribe, referral specialist, and an authorization coordinator in internal medicine and pulmonology practices.

At WakeMed Heart & Vascular, I am your patient advocate. My goal is to help educate and empower you from diagnosis through recovery. I started our "Patient Education Program" that grew into our current "Tele Heart ... Read more.

Clinical References For Our Patients

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