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Heart Health Program

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue’s Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Departments are world-renowned. Our team of cardiologists provides a wide range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, clinical, and surgical services employing a true multidisciplinary team approach for cardiology patients resulting in excellent outcomes. We boast the very latest systems, technology, and knowledge in the field, such as our high-tech Cardiothoracic Operating Room for thoracic cancer surgery and endovascular stenting, and our Cardiovascular Post Anesthesia Care Unit (CV PACU) has the most modern, state-of-the-art equipment available. Our Cardiac Rehab Program takes a multi-faceted approach to helping patients who have experienced a cardiac procedure or are at risk, including medication management, healthy eating, and exercising under the supervision of our clinical team.   

Our physicians are experts in diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, and every other phase of cardiology, including invasive and noninvasive surgical heart procedures. Like all of the clinical services at Bellevue, our Cardiology Service and Cardiothoracic Surgery Service are affiliated with New York University Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health.

The Heart Health Program provides non-invasive and minimally invasive diagnostic tests and procedures to address a variety of conditions related to the heart, such as congestive heart failure, hardening of the arteries, and hereditary conditions. We are the only public hospital in New York City where open-heart surgery is performed.

Appointments + Referrals

For more information, contact us at 212-562-1312.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aortic Disease
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)
  • Cardiac Catheterization (Cath Lab) and other diagnostic and interventional therapies
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Cardiovascular Disease/Heart Disease/Circulatory System Disease
  • Congenital Heart Defect (adult)
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Coronary and Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Device Implantation (pacemaker/defibrillator)
  • Echocardiogram (Echo)
  • Electrophysiology Studies (EP)
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart/Event Monitoring
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Hyperlipidemia (High Cholesterol)
  • Percutaneous Coronary and Peripheral Intervention/PCI
  • Stress Testing
  • Syncope (Fainting)
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Women and Heart Disease


The Cardiology Service, led by Chief of Cardiology, Dr. Norma Keller, and the Cardiothoracic Surgery Service, led by Dr. Jorge Balaguer, work in close connection with the Departments of Pediatrics, Vascular Surgery, Women’s Health, and Stroke Center to ensure a full complement of care for our patients.

Norma M. Keller, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Chief of Cardiology, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

Jorge Balaguer, M.D.

Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue


Patient Testimonials


NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is the recipient of numerous accreditations, awards, and other accolades, including:

  • The American College of Cardiology has recognized our heart program as a Center of Excellence for our commitment to high standards of medical practice, dedication to providing quality cardiovascular care, and excellent clinical outcomes.
  • Comprehensive Cardiac Center of Excellence: The Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® recognizes accredited hospitals that attain excellence on accountability measure performance based on evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to be the best treatments for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism, immunization, and perinatal care.
  • American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines® (GWTG)–Heart Failure GOLD PLUS Achievement Award with Target and Heart Failure Honor Roll with Target.
  • American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke (GWTG), Gold Plus and Target Stroke Elite Award for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines.
  • American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation, Gold (Adult Population) and Silver (Pediatric Population) Awards recognizes hospital teams who have consistently saved lives by applying the most up-to-date scientific guidelines for in-hospital resuscitation and post-cardiac resuscitation care.
  • American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline STEMI and NSTEMI Recognition for outstanding performance in high quality systems care performance by meeting or exceeding guideline therapy recommendations in treating patients presenting with STEMI heart attacks.
  • American College of Cardiology Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI for demonstrating a holistic approach to the assessment, treatment and management of patients receiving catheterization laboratory services.
  • American College of Cardiology Electrophysiology Accreditation for the use of the latest science and process improvement methodologies in the electrophysiology laboratory services.
  • Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Echocardiography Accreditation for demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in the echocardiography laboratory.
  • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization ECMO Center Certification
  • Coronary Care Unit was recognized by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses with the Gold-Level Beacon Award for Excellence
  • FDNY Designate Center for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Acute Myocardial Infarctions
  • FDNY Designate Center for Hypothermia Post Cardiac Arrest