Specialty Centers & Programs


Heart Rhythm Center

St. Luke's Heart Rhythm Center, centrally located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is led by a team of cardiac electrophysiologists and cardiac surgeons who have specialized training in treating atrial fibrillation (Afib) and other heart rhythm disorders. We are pioneering the use of new technologies as well as more traditional treatments.

Services include:

  • Atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter ablations
  • Cryoballoon ablation
  • Pacemaker implantation and management
  • Defibrillator lead extractions
  • Minimally invasive surgical ablation
  • Atrial appendage occlusion devices
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation and management
  • 3-D mapping

St. Luke’s Heart Rhythm Center 1469 Eighth Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18018

For more information or to make an appointment, call the St. Luke’s Heart Rhythm Center at 484-526-7800.

Chest Pain Centers

The accredited Chest Pain Centers provide fast, state-of-the-art treatment to prevent heart attacks. A highly skilled team with advanced knowledge in the management of heart attacks provides rapid therapy to all our chest pain patients. Being treated at an accredited chest pain center can make the difference between life and death.

St. Luke's Allentown Campus and St. Luke’s University - Bethlehem Campus were the first hospitals in the Lehigh Valley to become accredited Chest Pain Centers. St. Luke's Quakertown Campus and St. Luke's Miners Campus also are recognized as Chest Pain Centers.

St. Luke's Hospital evaluates more than 5,000 patients with chest pain every year at its hospital locations in Bethlehem and Allentown. The accredited St. Luke’s Chest Pain Center Program is distinguished by a scientific guideline-driven, systematic approach to patient management that allows physicians to streamline treatment time during the critical stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted to the hospital.

Services offered in Bethlehem, Allentown, CoaldaleEaston and Quakertown include:

  • Full-service Emergency Departments
  • Access to state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Labs staffed by top notch nurses and technicians services 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week
  • Board-certified expert cardiologists experienced in emergency cardiac care
  • State-of-the-art Radiology Services, including the region's only accredited cardiac MRI program
  • A nationally recognized Heart Surgery Program

Under the leadership of Medical Director, Gerald Pytlewski, DO, cardiologist, St. Luke’s meets and exceeds critical measures set by the Center for Medicare Services and American College of Cardiology relating to “Door to Balloon Time.” 

Heart Failure Program

Heart failure is a chronic disease that requires a team approach to care. The St. Luke’s Heart Failure Program uses a patient-centered approach to treat our patients. The multidisciplinary team is comprised of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, dedicated heart failure care coordinators, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Within this community program many other health care personnel assist in providing comprehensive help and guidance for patients and their families.

When heart failure progresses to advanced stages, difficult decisions need to be made. For these patients, a mechanical assist device, also known as Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) may be an option. The Lehigh Valley-based heart failure team will work with you to determine your eligibility for the implant and teach you how to manage your VAD. Living with advanced heart failure is difficult and the medical decisions can be complicated. Your heart failure team is designed to lessen the complication and make it easier to live each day.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the Heart Failure Program team at 484-526-7800.

Heart Valve Center

St. Luke's Heart Valve Center is part of a Network-wide Heart and Vascular program that offers a wide range of diagnostic and treatment options. St. Luke's University Health Network was among the first in the region to offer minimally invasive aortic valve replacement surgery, and was named one of the nation's 50 top cardiovascular hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. St. Luke's is the ONLY hospital in the Lehigh Valley region to earn this distinction.

St. Luke's University Health Network's Heart Valve Center provides the most advanced and effective methods to diagnose and treat heart valve disease. Patients receive the best possible care from our experienced, board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and interventional radiologists.

Using a team approach, our specialists meet regularly to discuss each patient's care and provide updates on the latest treatments and technology. They work closely with you and our dedicated heart valve program coordinator, who arranges your appointments and tests. The coordinator answer questions during every phase of your care, whether you’re in the hospital or an outpatient.

St. Luke's Heart Valve Center Doctors Pavilion
701 Ostrum Street, Suite 603
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Center for Lipid Disorders

St. Luke's Center for Lipid Disorders was organized to help patients manage their cholesterol and triglycerides – the causes of fat cells in the blood stream, or lipids. You can reduce or manage your lipid levels by exercising and eating a diet low in fats and carbohydrates. However, when these methods alone do not work, our team of physicians works with you to identify the underlying causes and provides the proper medication for better control. In addition, the team helps you monitor your risks and change your lifestyle to reduce the likelihood of future cardiovascular events.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the Center for Lipid Disorders at 484-526-7800.

St. Luke's Center for Aortic Disease

Diseases of the aorta include types of aneurysms, ulcers, dissections, ruptures or even infection.  Our physician specialists provide patients with aortic disease the most comprehensive and expert care using the newest therapies and surgical interventions. 

Patients benefit from state-of-the-art imaging to provide precise diagnostic information and image-guided therapy, including:

  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
  • Transesophogeal Echocardiogram
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scans
  • Aortic Angiography
  • Angioplasty and Stenting

For more information or to make an appointment, call the St. Luke's Center for Aortic Disease at 484-526-3990.

St. Luke's Women's Heart Center

According to the American College of Cardiology, in the past 25 years, the number of women dying from coronary heart disease has surpassed the number of men dying from the same condition. In fact, 52 percent of women compared to 42 percent of men experiencing a heart attack will die before they reach the emergency department. By placing a focus on women's heart disease, St. Luke's University Health Network provides unique individualized care provided by women who understand heart disease from a female perspective.

View answers to commonly asked questions about women’s heart health

With three female cardiologists on staff, St. Luke's Heart & Vascular Center has launched a female-focused heart disease program that will include the same diagnostic and interventional offerings as the rest of the department. However, the advantages of developing such a program emerge in the benefits of raising awareness and providing a more comfortable environment for female patients.

To best serve our patients, services of the Women's Heart Center are available in Bethlehem, Coaldale, Easton, and Wind Gap.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the Women's Heart Center at 484-526-7800.