The Chattanooga Heart Institute Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating The Chattanooga Heart Institute regarding its recent data breach. The Chattanooga Heart Institute data breach involved sensitive personal identifiable information and protected health information belonging to over 170,450 individuals. 


The Chattanooga Heart Institute is a comprehensive cardiology clinic which takes a multidisciplinary approach to cardiac care. Accordingly, The Chattanooga Heart Institute employs three vascular surgeons, three board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons, and 27 board-certified cardiologists on staff. Founded in 1977, The Chattanooga Heart Institute specializes in interventional procedures, electrophysiology, imaging, and vascular disease. Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, The Chattanooga Heart Institute has locations in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Hixon, and Jasper in Tennessee, as well as in Ringold, Georgia.  


On April 17, 2023, The Chattanooga Heart Institute discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which the sensitive personal identifiable information and protected health information in its systems may have been accessed and acquired. Through its investigation, The Chattanooga Heart Institute determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed and obtained this sensitive information between March 8 and March 16, 2023. On July 28, 2023, The Chattanooga Heart Institute began contacting individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information exposed includes: 

  • Name 
  • Social Security number 
  • Date of birth 
  • Driver’s license number 
  • Account information 
  • Health insurance information 
  • Medical information (e.g., diagnosis/condition information, lab results, medications) 
  • Contact information (e.g., mailing address, email address, phone number) 

If you received a breach notification letter from from The Chattanooga Heart Institute:

We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or

If you were impacted by The Chattanooga Heart Institute data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.

  1. Carefully review any breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in any free credit monitoring services provided by The Chattanooga Heart Institute;
  3. Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
  4. Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
  5. Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
  6. Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.

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