Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease causes more than half of all deaths in the U.S. and affects people of all ages.

Cardiovascular imagingUniversity of Minnesota researchers are working to free the world of cardiovascular disease. This has been their focus ever since they pioneered open heart surgery and early solutions to heart failure.

Our cardiovascular leadership, which is represented by the Lillehei Heart Institute, has given life to a thriving industry sector in Minnesota. Our physicians have transformed countless lives with advancements in transplants, biomedical devices, and other techniques for the treatment of cardiovascular defects and disease.

Today, we’re creating new paths forward. We’re investigating new applications for stem cells and helping to develop new devices that will improve and extend lives.

Meet an expert

Gabriel Loor, M.D., specializes in heart and lung transplants at the University of Minnesota. In 2014, he conducted the first “breathing lung” transplant in the Midwest, using innovative technology that keeps the donor lungs warm and breathing during transportation to improve the health of the organ.