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Joy recalls how the nurses and physicians at UNC REX Healthcare saved her life when she woke up with heart pain in the middle of the night.

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Heart & Vascular

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. It affects both men and women, and can occur midlife or in old age. At UNC REX Healthcare you’ll find a comprehensive approach to cardiovascular care. Our expert physicians will work together to provide exceptional care for your most critical situation.

Comprehensive Cardiovascular Services

UNC REX Healthcare offers a full range of cardiac services to guide you through prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery. Take advantage of:

Experts in Cardiac Care

UNC REX is a premier hospital for acute cardiac care. We have a full-spectrum emergency cardiac care program and offer fast track treatment, which can prevent a severe heart attack from occurring. We’re the only hospital in Wake County to earn an above average rating for heart attack survival and we’ve been designated as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Our award-winning team of heart care specialists is committed to providing you with the personalized care you deserve. Our comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach gives you access to the latest procedures performed by a highly-skilled team who will assist you throughout your diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Your team may include:

  • Board-certified cardiovascular physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Specially trained nurses
  • Cardiovascular clinical nurse specialists
  • Diagnostic staff
  • Dieticians
  • Rehabilitation therapists
  • Medical social workers
  • Pathologists
  • Hospice representatives
  • Pastoral Care representatives
  • Volunteers

Our team of renowned cardiologists, vascular specialists and surgeons come together from three specialty practices: North Carolina Heart & Vascular, REX Cardiac Surgical Specialists and REX Vascular Specialists. These specialty practices provide top-quality, comprehensive heart and vascular care in locations throughout Wake County and Eastern North Carolina.

Rex On Call: Treating Peripheral Artery Disease

Call 911

If you or a loved one is experiencing signs of a heart attack or stroke, call 911 immediately.

Are you at risk for Heart & Vascular Disease?

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