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The Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center offers a personalized approach to care through numerous programs, each of which is focused on treating a particular heart condition.
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The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center offers personalized, lifelong care for adult patients with congenital heart disease, specializing in valve problems, heart failure, multidisciplinary surgery, arrhythmia and pregnancy.
The Corrigan Minehan Heart Center's Atrial Fibrillation Program provides advanced care for atrial fibrillation (afib or AF) using catheter ablation with a variety of energy sources, including radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation and laser.
The Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center offers the very latest diagnostic and treatment options to manage heart rhythm conditions.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Cardio-Oncology Program provides care at the intersection of heart and vascular disease, and cancer. The program focuses on improving the health of cancer patients and cancer survivors by providing comprehensive cardiac and vascular care.
The Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center takes a prevention-as-treatment approach to caring for the heart and overall cardiovascular system.
The Cardiovascular Genetics Program at Massachusetts General Hospital specializes in clinical evaluations, genetic screening and personalized treatment for individuals with inherited cardiovascular diseases.
The Cardiovascular Performance Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center offers specialized cardiac care for athletes, including leading treatments for suspected or confirmed heart disease, detailed pre-participation safety screenings and exercise assessments.
The Complex Coronary Intervention Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center treats coronary artery disease, the blockage of the heart's arteries due to cholesterol build-up.
The Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center cares for women of all ages through prevention and early detection of heart disease.
The Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center evaluates and manages a range of heart disease conditions that result in heart failure.
The Heart Valve Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center brings together specialists to evaluate, treat and provide long-term care for patients with heart valve conditions.
Treatment for hypertension at Massachusetts General Hospital involves several approaches to blood pressure control, including drug therapy and lifestyle modifications.
The Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center in Boston provides expert care for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition characterized by an abnormal thickening of the left ventricle's muscle.
Lipid Management services at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center care for patients who have disorders of lipid metabolism, which include high cholesterol, high blood triglyceride, low HDL cholesterol or a combination of these conditions.
The Marfan Syndrome and Related Conditions Program at Massachusetts General Hospital provides advanced and comprehensive care for adults with aortic and cardiac conditions, as well as non-cardiovascular, involving orthopedics, ophthalmology, genetics, neurosurgery, endocrinology, pulmonology, podiatry and pain medicine.
The Resynchronization and Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center offers cardiac resynchronization therapy, or the use of a specialized pacemaker to treat patients with heart failure.
The Thoracic Aortic Center at Massachusetts General Hospital provides the most advanced care for conditions that involve the thoracic aorta (the portion of the aorta that is in the chest).
3D coronary imaging assists both providers and patients in viewing and understanding conditions of the coronary arteries.
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a specialized type of life support for the heart and lungs. Massachusetts General Hospital is a Center of Excellence for ECMO.
During aortic arch surgery, physicians use a special graft with branches already sewn in place, cool the body down, and supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain using a process called antegrade cerebral perfusion.
Physicians perform an aortic valve-preserving aneurysm repair to treat aortic root aneurysms and aortic insufficiency.
The Arrhythmia Genetics Clinic, part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, provides specialized care for individuals with inherited heart rhythm conditions.
Physicians perform an aneurysm repair using an interposition tube graft when the aneurysm involves the ascending thoracic aorta, but the aortic root is not enlarged, and the aortic valve anatomy is normal.
Physicians perform atrial septal defect repair to treat some patients with congenital conditions, and in particular, patients with larger defects.
The bicycle stress echocardiogram compares the performance of your heart at rest to the performance of your heart during exercise, or stress.
During cardiac catheterization, Massachusetts General Hospital physicians use digital images to identify narrowing or blockage in the arteries.
Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physicians use cardiac CT to diagnose coronary artery disease. During CT scanning, an X-ray beam passes through the body and is recorded by electronic detectors. These detectors send the information to a computer, where it is translated into an image.
Cardiac imaging specialists offer image-guided therapies to treat patients with cardiovascular conditions. Such therapies include cardiac CT scanning, cardiac MRIs, stress testing with imaging and 3-D imaging of the heart.
Massachusetts General Hospital provides cardiac MRI services using the latest technology. Every scan is interpreted by a specialist with advanced training in cardiovascular imaging.
Cardiac resynchronization therapy involves the placement of an implantable biventricular pacing device with three leads (right atrial, right ventricular and left ventricular) that synchronize ventricular contractions.
Cardiac surgeons within the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center provide patients with comprehensive and personalized care available in a manner that is as comfortable as possible for them and their families.
Many patients who experience the symptoms of atrial fibrillation are treated using catheter ablation. This unique minimally invasive procedure has the potential to stop atrial fibrillation and its debilitating symptoms in selected patients.
Massachusetts General Hospital offers chronic total occlusion percutaneous coronary intervention (CTO PCI) as a treatment option for patients with chronic total occlusion, or complete blockages, of the coronary arteries.
During a composite aortic root replacement, an artificial valve is pre-mounted on an artificial fabric tube graft and used to replace the aorta.
Cryoablation is an alternative therapy Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physicians use to treat atrial fibrillation, a type of heart rhythm disorder. This minimally invasive procedure has the potential to reduce risk and minimize patient discomfort.
A dobutamine stress echocardiogram (DSE) is a test performed to evaluate the heart. The test involves an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound of your heart, an electrocardiogram (ECG) and the use of a medication, called dobutamine.
Physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center use echocardiograms, ultrasounds of the heart, to effectively diagnose potential cardiac conditions.
Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physicians use electrophysiology (EP) studies to better understand the heart's electrical system. An electrophysiology (EP) study is a minimally invasive diagnostic test that provides information on how to diagnose and treat a cardiac arrhythmia.
An exercise stress test is also called a stress electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) or a treadmill test. The goal of the stress test is to raise a person's heart rate to determine if blood flow is reduced in the arteries that supply blood to the heart.
LDL apheresis is a dialysis-like therapy that reduces LDL cholesterol levels by as much as 60 to 70 percent in patients with severely high cholesterol.
Left ventricular-assist devices (LVADs) aid the pumping ability of hearts in patients with advanced-stage heart failure.
Named for the incision pathways created by surgeons, the MAZE procedure is designed to block the path of an arrhythmia. This in turn, controls atrial fibrillation and/or atrial flutter.
Surgeons in the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center at Massachusetts General Hospital perform minimally invasive mitral valve repair to treat eligible patients with mitral valve regurgitation, one of the most common forms of heart valve disease.
Stent graft repair is a minimally invasive approach for abdominal aneurysm repair.
An imaging stress test, also called a nuclear or Sestimibi stress test, is similar to the exercise stress test but provides more information by using images to show the blood flow to the heart muscle.
During thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair, physicians use a special method to protect the spinal cord during surgery.
A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is a procedure performed to evaluate your heart and the surrounding structures.
A transthoracic echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a test that uses high frequency sound waves, called ultrasound, to examine and take pictures of your heart.
Mitral valve and aortic valve repairs treat obstruction to flow, leakage or a combination of both conditions in one of the four principal heart valves.
Valves in the heart that become stenotic (narrow) or insufficient (leaky) can be replaced. Different kinds of valves made from animal tissue or synthetic materiel can be inserted as a replacement.
The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital provides leading vascular and endovascular surgical care.
Ventricular-assist devices aid the pumping ability of hearts in patients with advanced-stage heart failure.
The Heart Smart Series is made up of various topics related to improving and maintaining cardiovascular health, including exercise, coronary artery disease and secondary prevention, symptom recognition and management, cardiac medications and managing stress.
Relaxation classes gently guide participants through a variety of relaxation techniques, including gentle stretching, yoga, tai chi, breathing exercises, visualization and meditation.
Nutrition classes offer a new perspective on how to modify your diet to keep a healthy heart. Topics include heart healthy eating, fats and cholesterol, portion size and nutrition labels, eating in and eating out, and strategies for weight loss.
Learn what to expect before, during and after
your surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center by downloading and printing our patient guide to cardiac surgery.
As you prepare for your catheterization, Massachusetts General Hospital clinicians want you to feel as comfortable as possible. To help you understand what to expect during your visit, this booklet describes key steps of your catheterization procedure.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center offers a patient guide to cardiac anesthesia. Our dedicated clinicians believe it is important for you to know what to expect before, during and after a cardiac anesthesia.
Connected Cardiac Care is a program offered to heart failure patients at risk for frequent hospitalizations. The program aims to reduce re-hospitalizations by improving patient's understanding of their condition and providing ongoing nursing support and review of key physiologic parameters while the patient is at home.
Cardiac nurses at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center offer support and guidance during a family member's open-heart surgery or transplantation.
Download our patient and family guide to the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center to learn about accommodations, visiting and parking, and patient discharge.
This guide has been prepared by clinicians from the Mass General Heart Center's Atrial Fibrillation Program who focus on the care of patients with this arrhythmia. The guide is designed to provide you with information about what to expect before, during and after a catheter ablation procedure (also known as Pulmonary Vein Isolation or PVI).
Clinicians from the Mass General Heart Center's Atrial Fibrillation Program created this guide to help patients with atrial fibrillation and/or atrial flutter prepare for their upcoming cardioversion. Download this guide to learn about what to expect before, during and after an electrical cardioversion.
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