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Our History

A Record of Clinical Excellence and Innovation

Minneapolis Heart Institute® was formed in 1981 as a physician-owned, cooperative effort of several independent groups of heart specialists.

We are committed to making a difference in the quality of life of the people we serve, both here in our own community and around the world.

1981 Minneapolis Heart Institute® is formed, comprised of three groups of providers – thoracic physicians, cardiac surgeons and cardiologists. Minneapolis Heart Institute® provides care to patients at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
1982 Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation is formed to enhance clinical efforts through research.
1985 Minneapolis Heart Institute®/Abbott Northwestern Hospital is among three centers in the U.S. to receive approval to implant the artificial heart.
We are the first in the Midwest to implant the Symbion total artificial heart (TAH).
We are the first in the Midwest to implant the Novacor Left-Ventricular Assist System (LVAS). This experimental device is used as a bridge to human heart transplantation or to support the heart until it regains function.
1986 We become the first to implant the Symbion J7-70 TAH in a woman.
1988 We perform one of the first double-lung transplants in the U.S.
1993 We are the first in the nation to use an artificial vein graft in bypass surgery.
1995 Our surgeons are among the first in the nation to use a new surgical technique for bypass surgery – the minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass, or “trapdoor,” procedure.
1995 Minneapolis Heart Institute® merges with Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
1996 We begin offering LVAD Implantations as an option to heart failure patients.
1998 We introduce HeartScan, a screening tool that uses Electron Beam CT technology to scan for plaque in arteries, to the Twin Cities community.
2001 Our Center for Advanced Cardiac Imaging is created.
2002 Cardiac Surgeons join Minneapolis Heart Institute®.
2003 The Level One Heart Attack Program is launched, establishing the first step of the Center for Cardiovascular Emergency Care.
2005 Abbott Northwestern’s Heart Hospital building opens.
2007 First MitraClip therapy for the treatment of mitral regurgitation performed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
2008 First-in-man implant in the world of the Myocor device for the treatment of mitral regurgitation
2011 First transcatheter valve implantation for aortic stenosis performed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
2013 First successful treatment of mitral prosthetic dysfunction with valve-in-valve therapy using an Edwards Sapien prosthesis in the United States

100th case of transcatheter aortic valve implantation performed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

First worldwide treatment of obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with the MitraClip device

2014 First commercial implant of a Medtronic CoreValve in the United States

National and regional physicians attend the Valve Summit 2014: The Science and Deliver of Optimal, Multidiscplinary Care, a medical conference organized by MHI

First successful therapy with MitraClip in the United States performed independently of industry clinical support

Paul Sorajja, MD, becomes a co-author of the national ACCF/AHA practice guidelines for the management of valvular heart disease

The 200th case of transcatheter aortic valve implantation performed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Establishment of a fellowship in structural heart disease interventions