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Grand Strand Medical Center
South Strand Medical Center

Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery

photo of heart sign

  • Grand Strand Regional is the only medical center in Brunswick, Horry and Georgetown counties with a cardiac surgery program. Over 5,000 heart surgeries have been performed with success rates exceeding national averages.
  • 378 cardiac surgeries in 2011 with mortality rates less than half the national average.
  • There are two operating rooms dedicated for cardiac surgery.
  • Two cardiac surgeons and support staff offer extensive patient consultation and follow-up.
  • Cardiac nurse educators are available 24-hours-a-day to advise patients and families on all aspects of treatment and recovery.

Read about cardiac surgery — mother and son Helen and Joey Johnson


  • Cardiac/thoracic surgeries
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Off-Pump CABG
  • Coronary valve replacement
  • Valve Repair and/or Replacement (Mitral Valve & Aortic Valve Replacement)
  • Atrial fibrillation surgery
  • Aortic surgery
  • Minimally invasive valve surgery
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • VATS lobectomy
  • Peripheral Vascular Procedures
  • Thoracic Procedures (Thoracotomy, Thoracoscopy, Mediastinoscopy)