Heart Center Overview
Cross-Specialty Cardiac Care
A dedicated team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac nurses and cardiac radiologists provide leading cardiac care. Our clinicians are some of the world’s foremost experts in diagnosing, treating and preventing heart disease. Each of our 11 condition-specific programs offers a team approach to diagnosis and treatment that involves a multidisciplinary team of physicians who specialize in a particular type of heart condition.
Our patients describe the personalized, multi-disciplinary care they've received at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.
Jack's Story: Adult Congenital Heart Disease
At age 16, Jack Cadigan appeared to be a healthy, athletic high school student. After volunteering at a medical clinic in Haiti, they discovered he had a heart issue. He came to Mass General where Dr. Ami Bhatt diagnosed him with an atrial septal defect, which was repaired through surgery.
Allison's Story: A Winning Heart
Allison Renna, triathlete and mother of three, suffered a heart attack at the age of 36. In this video, Allison talks about the cardiac episode that brought her to Mass General, and her experience with the Cardiovascular Performance Program.
Head Strong, Heart First: Ted's Story
Ted Kakas, international-level masters rower, has suffered from atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease. In this video, Ted talks about his appreciation for the Mass General Cardiovascular Performance Program as both an athlete and a patient.
Dolly’s Story: Getting Back on Her Feet
When mitral valve disease started to affect the quality of her life, Dolly Lakkis’ doctors at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center were able to repair her damaged heart valve with minimally invasive surgery that got her back on her feet – and back on the dance floor – as quickly as possible.
Mass General Receives Highest Possible Rating for Thoracic Surgery
Mass General has earned a distinguished three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes.
#1 Hospital on the East Coast
Mass General is the #1 hospital on the East Coast, having been named #2 in America by U.S. News and World Report.
Our physicians welcome second opinion appointments to review cases and proposed lines of treatment.
Excellence in Cardiac Care Since 1916
In 1916 Massachusetts General Hospital opened one of the first dedicated cardiac units in the nation. Since then, we have made significant contributions to cardiology, including:
- Developing the first-of-its-kind heart monitor to detect and treat arrhythmias
- Investigating ways to dissolve blood clots in the coronary arteries of patients with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Pioneering the development of pacemakers
- Developing minimally invasive techniques, such as opening narrowed heart valves with balloons and closing heart defects with catheters
We are also an international referral center for complex cases, such as:
- Thoracic aortic disease. The Corrigan Minehan Heart Center’s Thoracic Aortic Center is one of the largest of its kind in New England and brings together specialists from cardiology, cardiac surgery, vascular and endovascular surgery and imaging
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy. Physicians in the Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Program are developing new ways to treat heart failure patients, including applying remote monitoring technology
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Our program's physicians have treated more than 500 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a rare condition characterized by an abnormal thickening of the muscle in the heart’s left ventricle. Learn about the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program.
Nationally Recognized Research
Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physicians participate in nationally recognized research and clinical trials that focus on:
- Defining genetic indicators for coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation and cardiomyopathy that predict future cardiovascular events in otherwise healthy individuals
- Developing and evaluating new treatments, such as percutaneous heart valve replacement and endovascular stent-graft repairs
- Discovering stem cells that help regenerate heart muscle and might make it possible to one day create a completely new heart.
The quality of our patient care is enhanced by:
- A personalized approach. Our goal is to see patients in a timely fashion. We assign every patient one clinician who will guide patients through the entire treatment process and, whenever possible, ensure all tests and evaluations are coordinated on the same day
- Dedicated access nurse coordinators. Our team includes two dedicated access nurses who take relevant information about each patient’s condition and symptoms and arrange a prompt evaluation with the most appropriate cardiac expert
- Commitment to prevention. Our clinicians guide patients through cardiac risk assessment and lifestyle changes, if needed. The Corrigan Minehan Heart Center also has a dedicated, off-site Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center, complete with prevention specialists and an exercise facility
- Emphasis on teaching. A teaching institution, Mass General is committed to educating patients, physicians and nurses about heart disease. Our clinicians also share new scientific discoveries and innovations in patient care with others through national conferences and publications
Heart Center Awards & Recognitions
The Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center is recognized both nationally and internationally for groundbreaking research and outstanding patient care.