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11/07/2014: Connecting clinical care and research

On Nov. 4, staff from the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care’s Fireman Vascular Center and the Heart Center’s Knight Center for Cardiovascular Therapy were highlighted at the Vascular Interventional Advances conference in Las Vegas.

09/26/2014: Fireman Vascular Center established, Jaff named Chair in Vascular Medicine

The MGH community had two reasons to celebrate on Sept. 22 – the establishment of the Fireman Vascular Center and the creation of the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Chair in Vascular Medicine.

09/26/2014: Hearts in the right place

Sixteen teams formed by the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care painted the town red when they participated in the 2014 American Heart Association (AHA) Boston Heart Walk on Sept. 6.

09/12/2014: Marking PAD awareness month

September is PAD awareness month, and in recognition Michael R. Jaff, DO, medical director of the Mass General Fireman Vascular Center and chair of the Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, addresses some questions about the disease.

09/11/2014: Russell Museum Fall Lecture Series

All MGH Russell Museum lectures are open to the public. To register, please email mghhistory@partners.org.

09/08/2014: Arteriovenous malformation triggers a patient's near-fatal hemorrhage

Software engineer Lori Corbani was never sick. Yet one day, she was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital after suffering a near-fatal brain hemorrhage triggered by a congenital condition.

07/15/2014: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

07/07/2014: Study demonstrates the feasibility of evaluating myofibers after stem cell therapy in the heart

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care has taken a giant leap toward the possibility of noninvasively assessing the efficacy of stem cell therapy in the heart.

05/14/2014: Mass General recognized for stroke care

Massachusetts General Hospital is the recipient of the 2014 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. These awards, sponsored by the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association, recognize hospitals that provide the highest quality stroke care.

05/06/2014: Fountain of Youth in Running

Aaron Baggish, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiovascular Performance Program in the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, discusses the benefits of exercise at any age.

02/14/2014: Caring for chronic wounds

With rising life expectancy in the U.S. and the increasing prevalence of chronic medical conditions, the need for advanced treatment of chronic wounds also is on the rise.

12/11/2013: Boston Hospital Trio Awarded $25 Million NIH Grant to Study Critical Limb Ischemia

A team of researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Medical Center and MGH has been awarded $25 million by the National Institutes of Health to conduct a clinical trial comparing traditional bypass surgery with a less invasive treatment alternative for patients with critical limb ischemia.

11/13/2013: Another First for One of America's Great Healthcare Innovators

On September 9, 2013 the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care invited more than 130 visiting international physicians and their guests, in Boston for the 2013 UIP World Congress, to visit and tour their newest facilities.

09/13/2013: Active again: persevering with PAD

PAD affects more than 9 million people in the United States, but the disease is often underrecognized by both patients and physicians.

07/16/2013: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

07/01/2013: Massachusetts General Hospital combines two minimally invasive procedures to treat atrial fibrillation

A new clinical trial is now underway at the Massachusetts General Hospital to investigate whether combining two endovascular catheter-based procedures will improve the long-term outcome in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder. Mass General is the first hospital in New England – and only the second in the nation – to pair renal artery sympathetic denervation with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for patients with atrial fibrillation and hypertension.

05/08/2013: Innovating, Translating and Integrating Care in Clinical Electrophysiology

Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present insights and opinions on methods for treating refractory heart failure, genetically determined arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation in an integrated, multispecialty program.

04/01/2013: Stop leg wounds that don’t heal.

Sherry, Scovell, MD, vascular surgeon and instructor at Harvard Medical School, explains leg ulcers: what they are, and approaches to treatment and prevention.

03/15/2013: MGH receives top honor for stroke patients’ quality of care

The MGH has received a top honor from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) for its commitment to improving its quality of care to stroke patients.

03/08/2013: Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Systemic Cardiovascular Disease

Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present a dynamic symposium on systemic cardiovascular disease.

03/04/2013: Rethink Varicose Veins

Julianne Stoughton, MD, vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses options for treating varicose veins.

02/01/2013: The economics of cardiovascular disease

Michael R. Jaff, DO, chair of the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, addresses rising costs in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for Americans.

12/24/2012: Integrated Care for Better Outcomes: The Multidisciplinary Resynchronization Therapy Program

New research from the CRT Program within the Institute for Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Care at Massachusetts General Hospital shows that providing multidisciplinary integrated CRT care improves patient outcomes.

11/19/2012: MGH physician offers tips on avoiding deep vein thrombosis

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of DVT as well as helpful hints on how to lessen the risk of developing this common but serious vascular condition.

09/28/2012: Cambria first incumbent to Linton professorship

Richard Cambria, MD, chief of the MGH Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and co-director of the Thoracic Aortic Center, is the first incumbent to the Robert R. Linton, MD, Professorship in Surgery in the Field of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

09/21/2012: Simple procedures offer new ways to treat varicose veins.

Sherry, Scovell, MD, vascular surgeon and instructor at Harvard Medical School, explains varicose veins: how they're more than just a cosmetic concern; how they can affect your health, and various methods of treatment and prevention.

09/14/2012: Institute hosts ‘Health Information Day’

Designed to introduce the MGH community to the new interdisciplinary Institute, "Health Information Day" Sept. 12 featured informational sessions, panel discussions, hands-on demonstrations, samples from area food trucks and promotional giveaways.

09/07/2012: Collaborative caring

To introduce the Institute of Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care to the MGH community, “Health Information Day” will be held Sept. 12 from 7 am to 8 pm under the Bulfinch Tents.

07/17/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked #1 in the Nation on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll

Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list.

07/16/2012: Integrated Model Speeds Understanding of Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

The Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Care integrates services to accelerate advances in stroke-related atrial fibrillation research and patient care.

03/30/2012: First Patient Treated in New England in Ventana U.S. Clinical Trial

Vascular surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) treated the first patient in New England in the Ventana U.S. Clinical Trial last week. MGH is one of 25 sites in the U.S. chosen to participate in this prospective, multicenter research study approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Ventana™ Fenestrated System for the endovascular repair of juxtarenal (JAA) and pararenal (PAA) aortic aneurysms.

03/29/2012: Recurrent DVT treatable even in complex cases

March is DVT Awareness Month. Up to 600,000 people are hospitalized in the United States each year for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). If left untreated, DVT cases can lead to Pulmonary Emboli, which are blood clots that escape into the circulation and become lodged in the lungs. They result in nearly 60,000 deaths each year.

11/23/2011: Smoking Linked to Vascular Diseases

Quit smoking initiatives provide awareness and resources: featuring Q&A with Michael R. Jaff, medical director of the Mass General Vascular Center

10/14/2011: Leading the endovascular revolution

For the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, these are exciting times.

09/26/2011: Vascular Center Physicians Offer Innovative Solutions to Save Limbs in PAD Patients

Physicians at the Mass General Vascular Center use minimally invasive alternatives to treat patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). (From Advances Fall 2011 issue.)

07/29/2011: In General: Cambria and Kopans

Hotline - "In General" Awards and Honors: Richard Cambria, MD, chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and co-director of the Thoracic Aortic Center, was elected 2011-2012 president of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) on June 17 during the Vascular Annual Meeting in Chicago. ----- Daniel Kopans, MD, founder of the MGH Breast Imaging Division, received a special commendation from the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) and a standing ovation from the more than 800 attendees at its annual meeting in recognition of his dedication and leadership in mammography screening.

02/14/2011: New Trial Explores Two Sides of Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment

Advances Spring 2011 issue. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) affect nearly 1 million Americans each year. For decades, the standard treatment for these patients has been anticoagulation therapy. But for many patients, this may not be the ideal approach.

01/28/2011: In General awards and honors 1.28.11

MGH Hotline 1.28.11 In General

11/19/2010: VIVA Las Vegas

Mass General Heart & Vascular Center physicians perform demonstrations of complex vascular interventions for an educational conference in Las Vegas.

11/12/2010: Education session emphasizes vascular health

MGH Hotline 11.12.10 Venous disease is a common yet often misunderstood condition affecting more than one million Americans. To share information about vein health and disease prevention, the MGH Vascular Center offered an Oct. 16 patient education event at Mass General West in Waltham.

07/20/2010: Mass General vascular surgeon named president-elect of medical society

Richard P. Cambria, MD, is the fourth Mass General surgeon to lead the Society for Vascular Surgery, the largest medical society of vascular surgeons.

05/17/2010: Patient selection criteria and interventional treatment parameters for renal artery stenosis

The medical community has made great strides treating coronary and carotid artery diseases and reducing mortality associated with myocardial infarctions and strokes. While as many as 3 million Americans have renal artery stenosis (RAS)—a condition that narrows or blocks the vessels that supply blood to the kidneys—RAS is often overlooked and underdiagnosed.

03/10/2010: Surviving a brain stem stroke

Stroke is one of the leading causes of serious, long-term disability in the United States. The Stroke Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital Vascular Center successfully treat one of emergency medicine’s toughest stroke cases.

02/26/2010: Stents and surgery both safe for prevention of stroke, study says

Investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital revealed the results of the CREST trial, a study that looked at the efficacy of carotid endarterectomy versus stenting in patients with symptomatic carotid stenosis, and found that these two medical procedures are both equally safe and effective.

02/04/2010: Dr. Michael R. Jaff invited to chair a California health task force

Dr. Michael R. Jaff named chairman and moderator of a task force aimed at increasing awareness of peripheral artery disease.

01/05/2010: Unparalleled prevention and treatment services target stroke

The Massachusetts General Hospital Stroke and Carotid Artery Disease program, an integral part of the hospital’s Vascular Center, features one of the broadest arrays of stroke prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options available in the United States. The program’s multidisciplinary care model addresses the complexities of stroke care through the integration of sophisticated imaging technologies, advanced clinical care, and cutting-edge research.

11/05/2009: Miracle patient revived after 57 minutes

Mass General Hospital physician, Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, attributes Laura Geraghty's heart attack recovery to immediate and effective CPR. Now Rosenfield and Geraghty are advocating for CPR instruction in Massachusetts high schools.

11/03/2009: Mass General experts discuss diabetes

Our physicians discuss the education, management and prevention of diabetes, a condition affecting nearly 24 million adults and children in the United States.

10/19/2009: Clots traveling from lower veins may not be the cause of pulmonary embolism in trauma patients

A report from a team of Massachusetts General Hospital physicians calls into question the longstanding belief that pulmonary embolism – the life-threatening blockage of a major blood vessel in the lungs – is caused in trauma patients by a blood clot traveling from vessels deep within the legs or lower torso.

09/23/2009: Mass General raises funds to support cardiovascular research

Massachusetts General Hospital partnered with the American Heart Association during the 2009 Boston Heart Walk, an event that raises funds to support lifesaving heart and stroke research.

06/22/2009: Free fun and educational activities for everyone to enjoy

Join Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral for Children medical staff June 27 - 28 in casual, face-to-face discussions on a variety of topics addressing health concerns for people of every age.

06/02/2009: Nurse recognized for outstanding work with brain aneurysm patients

The Boston Globe recently recognized Deidre Buckley, RN, NP, in its honorary feature, Salute to Nurses. Selected from nurses nominated from across New England, including 23 from Mass General, Buckley stands out as continually going above and beyond the call of duty.

03/31/2009: Vascular Center physicians keep marathoner in the race

Ana Gamboa Webelman has suffered four venous thromboembolic events, or deep vein blood clots, during her lifetime. The clots threatened to end her days as a runner until Robert Schainfeld, DO, and Stephan Wicky, MD, physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital Vascular Center, were able to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of the clots - May-Thurner syndrome.

03/18/2009: DVT: What you should know

Massachusetts General Hospital to join landmark trial for the prevention of Post-Thrombotic Syndrome.

01/16/2009: 2008 Warren Triennial Prize awarded

MGH Hotline 1/16/09 The MGH research community gathered Oct. 29 to celebrate the presentation of the 2008 Warren Triennial Prize to Gary Ruvkun, PhD, of the MGH Department of Molecular Biology, and Victor Ambros, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

01/09/2009: In memoriam: Alan D. Hilgenberg, MD

A leader in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, Alan D. Hilgenberg, MD, was an expert in the surgical management of thoracic aortic aneurysms. In 1999, he was named co-director of the newly created Mass General Center for Thoracic Aortic Surgery.

11/20/2008: New thinking and innovation frees patient from fear of aneurysm rupture

When Allan Richardson was diagnosed with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA), an abnormal enlargement of the aorta, the doctors near his Vermont home offered little hope. But hope was restored after a phone call to the Massachusetts General Hospital Vascular Center.

10/08/2008: Back on track

When Richard Horgan, age 72, was vacationing with the family at Disney World, he began to speak haltingly - with a slight stutter. Before the week was over, Richard would be diagnosed with stroke, serious kidney problems, and abdominal aortic aneurysm.

10/08/2008: National vascular experts meet at Mass General to share best practices

Discussions about collaboration, both internally and among other institutions, dominated the agenda of the first Vascular Center Consortium hosted by the Massachusetts General Hospital Vascular Center in Boston on October 6 through 7.

10/02/2008: Pushing through the miles and beating vascular disease

Every year Janice Williams, a 41-year-old dental assistant, runs a 10K to support breast cancer research. In 2001, she finished the race in just 46 minutes, 53 seconds. In 2006, her finishing time slowed down to over 1 hour, 7 minutes.

10/02/2008: Quick action helps woman recover from DVT and serious complications

Nancy Hammer never thought about her vascular health until a day of shopping left her in serious pain. There she was diagnosed with deep-vein thrombosis (DVT).

10/01/2008: Man gets walking to improve blood flow and overall health

Eugene Tarsky, 73, had never heard of peripheral artery disease (PAD) when he was first diagnosed three years ago. But careful monitoring by doctors and a commitment to reducing his risk factors have kept him healthy and free from complications.

07/18/2008: Mass General "with the guidelines"

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are recognizing Massachusetts General Hospital for its performance in treating stroke patients using the association’s Get With The Guidelines program.

06/11/2008: Massachusetts General Hospital ranked on U.S. News national honor roll

The third oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest and largest hospital in New England, Mass General continues its tradition of excellence today. The hospital is consistently ranked among the top five hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In 2008, Mass General was redesignated a Magnet hospital, the highest honor for nursing excellence awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

05/30/2008: A procedure to repair it all

An aortic dissection caused pooling of blood around Gabriella Browne’s heart as well as complications to her abdominal organs - two conditions that greatly put her life at risk.

01/01/2011: Advances at Mass General

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01/01/2011: Mass General Magazine

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09/15/2014: Extreme Endovascular: Thrills, Chills, and Spills

The Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care presents a dynamic symposium on novel interventional treatment options for patients with peripheral vascular disease.

05/12/2014: Adult Congenital Heart Disease 2014

Specialists from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present a comprehensive symposium on the practice gap in treating adult congenital heart disease (ACHD).

11/17/2013: Advanced Technologies: When, Who, Why? Patient Selection to Optimize Therapeutic Outcomes

Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present their experience and provide a practical guide to clinical decision making for patients with heart failure, pulmonary embolism and cardiogenic stroke.

09/29/2012: CME: Management of Carotid Artery Stenosis & Acute Stroke

Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present a dynamic symposium on diagnostic and management strategies for carotid artery disease and stroke.

09/20/2011: Vascular Disease, Diabetes and Foot Ulcerations

Join Mass General experts for a continuing medical education event discussing interventions for patients with foot and ankle complications related to diabetes mellitus and vascular disease.

CNN segment on Peripheral Arterial Disease featuring Dr. Michael Jaff

Dr. Michael Jaff, Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Fireman Vascular Center, is featured in a CNN segment on Peripheral Arterial Disease.

Instead of explaining a stroke to 22 third graders,

we saved their teacher from having one.

Talk with your doctor about peripheral artery disease

Deborah Hines, NP, encourages talking with your doctor about peripheral artery disease, a circulatory condition in which arteries narrowed by atherosclerosis reduce blood flow to the limbs, particularly to the legs and arms.

Recognize the symptoms of peripheral artery disease

Michael Jaff, DO, encourages the public to recognize the symptoms of peripheral artery disease, a circulatory condition in which arteries narrowed by atherosclerosis reduce blood flow to the limbs, particularly to the legs and arms.

Specialized care for the cardiovascular system

Physicians from the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and Fireman Vascular Center work together to treat conditions of the heart and blood vessels.

Trailer for Boston Med

Trailer for the eight-part documentary featuring clinicians at Mass General.

Access to new treatments

Fireman Vascular Center physicians and scientists participate in international research and lead more than 70 clinical trials that evaluate current therapies and investigate new devices to treat vascular disease. These research efforts have led to a number of groundbreaking firsts, bringing innovative new treatments to the patient’s bedside.

Michael Jaff, DO, discusses diabetes and its potential complications, such as peripheral artery disease

Michael Jaff, DO, Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Fireman Vascular Center, says that if you have diabetes, your odds are 1 in 3 of developing peripheral artery disease, with potentially serious consequences. Learn more about why peripheral artery disease often goes undetected, and how it can be diagnosed and treated.

Michael Jaff, DO, explains how knowing your personal and family history may help prevent a stroke

Michael Jaff, DO, Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Fireman Vascular Center explains how carotid artery disease can cause a stroke, unless it is found early and treated, and how you can identify your risk for this condition.

Guy Rordorf, MD, recommends an imaging test for anyone with a family history of FMD

Guy Rordorf, MD, vascular neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Fireman Vascular Center, says an imaging test can detect fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD), and recommends it for those with a family history of the condition. Learn more about FMD and how it weakens artery walls and can lead to severe hypertension or stroke.

Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine Kick Off on October 15

The Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine kicked off Oct. 15 at the Westin Waterfront Boston. Nearly 500 of Mass General’s closest friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the public launch of the fundraising campaign that aims to raise $1.5 billion for the hospital. Already, $1 billion of that amount has been raised.

Celebrating 200 Years: 1811 - 2011

Since 1811, people have counted on Mass General for answers, innovations and medical leadership. As our third century dawns, we remain ready to serve.

Ask Yourself -- Ellinor

Patrick Ellinor, MD, discusses atrial fibrillation (AFib), its connection to stroke, and the new treatment options available at Mass General.

Award-winning vascular care

View the Fireman Vascular Center’s latest awards for outstanding patient care and groundbreaking research.

Support the Fireman Vascular Center

When you support the Fireman Vascular Center, you are making a significant contribution to advancing care at the hospital.