Dr. Christopher Heck, MD

Dr. Christopher Heck, MD

Cardiothoracic SurgeryMaleAge 63

Accepting new patients

Dr. Christopher Heck, MD is a Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialist in Duluth, MN and has over 37 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Mayo Medical School medical school in 1985. He is affiliated with Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Heck to book an appointment.

Locations

Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 3rd Street Building

Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 3rd Street Building400 E 3rd St Fl 4 Duluth, MN 55805
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  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
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I had lung surgery with Dr. Heck and I am very pleased with the results and with the treatment. Nicole, the PA, was very helpful, and the nurses at Essentia Duluth were very responsive. Thank you!
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Dr. Heck's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Heck performs Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Heck performs this procedure more than 92% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Multi-Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
Thoracentesis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Heck performs Thoracentesis more than 86% of his peers

Dr. Heck performs this procedure more than 86% of his peers

Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Heck performs Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary) more than 79% of his peers

Dr. Heck performs this procedure more than 79% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valvuloplasty
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Percutaneous Balloon Valvuloplasty
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair / Replacement
  • Valvuloplasty
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Dr. Heck's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Insertion of Epicardial Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Septal Defect
  • Septic Embolism
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

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Dr. Heck accepts the following insurance:

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Anthem
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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Preferred Plus POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
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Blue Cross Accord
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About Me

Care Philosophy

As a physician, I have the privilege of caring for patients and their families and sharing in Essentia Health's mission of making a healthy difference in people's lives.

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Education

Stanford University
Fellowship Hospital
University of California San Francisco Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1985
Mayo Medical School
Medical School

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Christopher Heck, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (218) 206-8571, and for other questions, call (218) 786-3900.

Does Dr. Christopher Heck, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Heck has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Christopher Heck, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Christopher Heck, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Heck frequently treats Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery, Thoracentesis, and Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Heck treats.

Where is Dr. Christopher Heck, MD's office located?

Dr. Heck's office is located at 400 E 3rd St Fl 4, Duluth, MN 55805. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

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Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center

Duluth, MN

70% Patient Experience Rating, 1% higher than the national average

3 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)